Monday, August 6, 2018

Akpabio meets Tinubu in Abuja ahead of defection to the APC (photos)

Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is alleged to have perfected his defection plan from the PDP to the APC this week, met with APC Chieftain, Bola Tinubu in Abuja today.

The Senate Minority leader and Tinubu were in consultation, a day after the PDP Senator met with President Buhari in London ahead of his planned defection to the APC. The APC posted a photo of the two politicians during their meeting on their Twitter handle and wrote:
“Update: Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio meets APC Leader, Bola Tinubu, in Abuja this afternoon. Both Men are in consultation a day after the PDP Senator met with President Buhari in London ahead of his planned defection to the APC.”

This meeting is coming few hours after Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, denied speculations of him and other members dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He said speculations in Akwa Ibom that he and other high profile politicians in the state would likely resign from the PDP because of the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio’s defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was false. Luke, once served as personal assistant to Mr Akpabio when the latter was the governor of Akwa Ibom State.

“I am a full-blooded member of the PDP. I am a principled person, and I like being known for consistency.
“I started politics in PDP and I will continue to stay with the party,” Luke told PremiumTimes on Sunday.

The speaker’s absence at the emergency meeting of PDP leaders convened in Uyo by Governor Udom Emmanuel fueled the speculations that he was leaving the PDP. Special Assistant on Prosecution to the president, Okoi Obono-Obla had stated that Akpabio will be received into APC on Thursday, by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and other top leaders of the party at a rally in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State.

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