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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Akpabio formally defects to APC, says he did not regret it





Senator Godswill Akpabio has formally defected to the
national ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at a mega rally held at
the Ikot Ekpene township stadium on Wednesday.




No fewer than 30 APC’s senators and members of National Working
Committee (NWC) were on hand to receive the ex-senate minority leader,
Akpabio.



The senate Majority leader, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, who introduced his
colleagues spoke on Akpabio whom he described as a nationalist and
patriot who believes in Nigeria’s unity.



He said: `This defection surpasses all other defections.



“This is a defection that has shaken the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).



“They followed Akpabio everywhere to prevent him from defecting but he ignored them.’’



He said Akpabio is a nationalist who believes in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.



 55-year-old Akpabio, is a lawyer and politician who was also Governor of
Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.



In 2002, he was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Petroleum and
Natural Resources by the then Governor Obong Victor Attah in Akwa Ibom
State.



Between 2002 and 2006, he served as a Commissioner in three key
ministries: Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and
Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing.



In 2006, he aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a
hotly contested primary election and defeated 57 other aspirants to
emerge the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).



His campaign with the slogan, “let God’s will be done” received mass support and was elected Governor in 2007.



He was re-elected for a second term in office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2011.





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