UYO—Vehicular movement on Oron-Ikot Ekpene road was brought to a snarl, Tuesday, as Senator Godswill Akpabio stormed the state to firm up his defection to All Progressives Congress , APC.
The jubilant crowd chanted his name as he returned the pleasantries and cheers by coming out of his car and interacted with them. Akpabio arrived the Ibom International Airport at noon and went straight to his SUV amidst cheers from the crowd, which thronged the airport to welcome him.
The former Senate Minority Leader is billed to make official declaration today during a special reception rally at Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium. Immediate past spokesman of APC in the state, Mr Edet Bassey, expressed optimism that Akpabio’s defection was a good omen for the party, given his political antecedent.
‘’The party is like a church and the church cannot throw out sinners. You welcome him or her and change him or her. We welcome him into the party because he has great political value. “He has gone to see the President and other leaders of the party. So, it will be suicidal for him to do anything that will jeopardize the interest of the party in the state,’’ he said
Meanwhile, a chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State, Chief Sylvester Akaiso, said that Akwa Ibom people have been relieved of a burden following the defection of Akpabio from PDP to the APC.
Akaiso, who was a member of Godswill Akpabio Campaign Organisation in 2007 under Utuekong Ibiok as chairman and Godswill 2011 with Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, said the news of Akpabio’s defection was received with joy, adding that there was jubilation everywhere in Oron.
He said many of the APC members in Oro ethnic nationality had declared their intentions to leave the party if Akpabio had actually been admitted into APC, adding that those who are PDP members have said they would not follow him to APC.