The Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Akwa Ibom State has described the recent statement by a former Governor and Senator representing, Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Senator Godswill Akpabio that he was expelled from the Party hence his movement to the All Progressive Congress as alarming and false.
At a press conference held in Uyo on Monday, PDP dismissed the statement made by the former Minority Leader as a lie.
The statement signed by Hon. Cletus Essiet, Vice Chairman, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District of the Party said” The allegation by Senator Godswill Akpabio, the senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District (Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District) that he was expelled from our party, hence his movement to the All Progressives Congress prior to the 2019 General elections is arguable one of the most alarming allegations to have been made by a political office holder from our state in contemporary times.
“Senator Akpabio who until August 8, 2018 was a member of our distinguished party PDP was not expelled by our party at any point and neither was any process commenced for his removal under the guidelines as provided for in the constitution of our party.
“Any person who knows the personality of Senator Akpabio very well knows that of such was ever attempted or muted, he would have very eminently featured the same expulsion in his exodus messages.
“In the facts, Senator Akpabio was endorsed for a second term in office as the senator representing the aforementioned Senatorial District, in a Mega rally organized by our Senatorial District on July 16, 2018 under my leadership.
“At that rally, it was only His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel and the Senator that were officially endorsed by the Senatorial District of our party, PDP. It was not up to a month after this endorsement that the senator resigned as the minority leader of the Senate, a position he occupied sequel to his being elected to the Senate on the platform and sponsorship of our party and subsequently made public is defection from our party.
“It is true that since our party endorsed the Senator on July 16, 2018, all our party thought and was preoccupied on was how to ensure that the Senator wins a second term to the Senate and at no moment did we have the luxury of time to entertain or execute the thought of his expulsion.
“Akpabio defected from our party, PDP and was never expelled from our party. Our party had long moved on and through the grace of God we have maintained our winning streak which demonstrates clearly that strong institutions will always triumph over the vagaries of individual wishes and acclaimed prowess and strength.
“The senator in good wisdom should do well to also move on as a man intends at all times, the natural consequences of his actions”.
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