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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Defection: We’re both corrupt, guilty, Akpabio tells Saraki

Defection: We’re both corrupt, guilty, Akpabio tells Saraki

Former Senate minority leader, Godwill Akpabio, has said he
and the Senate President Bukola Saraki are  as  corrupt guilty as others, as far
as recent defections of lawmakers from one political party to the other
is concerned.

At the weekend, one of the national dailies, reported that Saraki was
planning  to declare Akpabio’s seat vacant as senator representing Akwa
Ibom North West Senatorial District, in line with provisions of section
68 (1g) of the 1999 Constitution.

The section specifies that a lawmaker  can only defect from the party
upon which he won election into the parliament to another party, if
there is a division in the party down the line, a provision Akpabio,
according to the report, did not meet before defecting from the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) to  the All Progressives Congress ( APC) last

But reacting to the report yesterday, in a chat with journalists,
Akpabio said the move, as far as he was concerned, was a rumour. He
added that even if it was true, other senators who defected from APC to
PDP are also guilty of the same offence “because APC is also a united
party without any division.”

He said he is not perturbed at all about the report and the rumoured move since all defectors are involved.

“As you are looking at me, do I look perturbed? I’ve not heard the
report. The reason I think that is a rumour is that there is, at the
moment, no division in the APC. The APC is one family. If you hear about
R-APC, that was not really a division and it has even  been consumed in
what they call Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

“So, there is no division in APC as they are saying there is no
division in PDP, and so, any defection from APC to PDP should also
attract the treatment of declaration of seats vacant,” he said.

He, however, dismissed the alleged move being made by the leadership
of the APC to impeach Saraki through senators elected on the platform of
the party. He said such a move or plot is not known to him.

He said: “I just came in from Ikot-Ekpene, where I decided, with my
people, to join APC. I’m yet to be briefed on any of those items. I have
not heard anything of such from anybody.
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