A former commissioner in Akwa Ibom and two-term governor of the state, all under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the party as a total failure.
The senator on Tuesday claimed that the opposition party did nothing for the 16 years it was in leadership in Nigeria.
Akpabio, a serving senator who also emerged as a lawmaker under the PDP platform, but defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) a few months ago, stated this at the official reception of members of his former party that defected to his new party in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The former Senate Minority Leader said, “If you look outside this venue, you’ll see the posters of the outgoing governor, Udom Emmanuel, they are not torn. It shows that APC is a peaceful party. While coming down here, along the Airport Road, you will notice that the billboards of the APC are all torn. We are for peace, Nsit Atai is for peace. Let me assure us all that they can only tear your posters and billboards but they cannot tear your votes come 2019.
“Akwa Ibom people have benefited from the Federal Government through employment, projects, and social intervention programmes like N-Power and PDP did nothing for the state in 16 years.”
Among those who defected to the APC are a leader of the PDP, Obong Sunday Elijah, former council chairman; Mr. Sunday Osom; former House of Assembly member, Mr. Asuquo Udo and Sarah Elijah, and 50 executive members of wards.
Akpabio’s political career apparently began in 2002, when he was appointed Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources by the then Governor Obong Victor Attah in Akwa Ibom State.
He emerged governor of Akwa Ibom and served between 2007 and 2015. He then contested for the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District in 2015 under PDP and won.
Clearly hounded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Akpabio, in August 2018 dumped the PDP for the APC.
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