A former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Christopher Ekpenyong, has said that the defection by Senator Godswill Akpabio to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a ploy to escape arrest and prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
However, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, Asuquo Okpo hailed Akpabio for pitching tent with the party, saying the former senate minority leader would make the APC stronger in Akwa Ibom.
In an interview with Daily Times in Uyo at the weekend, the former deputy governor said, “Senator Godswill Akpabio is on sabbatical to the APC to seek refuge and forgiveness from his eight years of sleaze as governor of the State”.
Ekpenyong, one of the founding members of the PDP, explained that Akpabio’s sudden exit from the PDP without consulting his people was a pointer to the fact that “he (Akpabio) was fleeing from justice”.
He faulted Akpabio’s claims of defecting to the APC to join hand with President Muhammadu Buhari, to fix Nigeria.
However, an APC chieftain and governorship aspirant in the state Asuquo Okpo has said that the entrance of ex-Senate Minority leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio into the party would only make it stronger in the area.
He has also faulted claims by the PDP that President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption has been selective maintaining that the fight has been across board.
Okpo told Daily Times in Uyo at the weekend that the APC would require as many hands as possible in their quest to wrestle the mantle of leadership of the state from the ruling PDP adding that Akpabio remained one of the strongest hands one could get in Akwa Ibom politics.
“Party is like a crusade that you need as many people as possible to make it a success. We need all good political hands to wrestle power from the PDP and Akpabio is a good hand in politics. We are happy to have him.
“His entrance, to me, will not disrupt the already existing unity and strength in the party but I believe that fairness and equity will sustain unity within the APC in Akwa Ibom.
“When decisions are taken fairly, all will be happy because we will negotiate and share responsibilities and positions will get to be shared to all who merit and deserve it and all will be happy and the party will grow stronger and more united.” He said.