20 APC Senators planning to decamp to PDP, Akpabio says

Senator Godswill Akpabio

The Senate minority leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has said that about 20 senators of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, are planning to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Akpabio said all the senators were waiting for was for the PDP, which lost power at the centre to the APC in 2015, to resolve its internal crisis.

The PDP has been factionalised since its national convention in Port Harcourt last year.

One faction is led by a former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff, while the other is led by a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi.

Mr. Akpabio spoke Thursday in Abuja at the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, and expanded caucus meeting of the Ahmed Makarfi faction.

Some senators including Nelson Effiong representing Akwa Ibom south recently left the PDP for APC citing the division in the party.

Mr. Akpabio said just as some were leaving the PDP, many more were planning to join the party.

“As I speak, so many senators from the opposing party are eager to join the PDP. All they want is a return of peace to the party, once that is done, I can assure that 20 senators are on their way to joining the PDP,” he said.

The former governor advised others thinking of leaving the PDP to rethink and also said those who left the PDP will regret it because according to him “PDP is bouncing back to victory in 2019”.

Mr. Akpabio warned PDP members that now is the time to tackle the crisis within the party otherwise, they risk losing the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti state.

South East defectors, looking for contracts

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said that the gale of defections from in the South East will not affect the PDP.

He said those leaving for the APC have no electoral value and were only after jobs and government contracts.

A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former governor of old Anambra state, Jim Nwobodo, and former Abia governor, Orji Kalu, defected to the APC recently.

Mr. Ekweremadu said it was unfortunate that some persons were taking advantage of the ongoing APC membership registration in the southeast zone, “to further their business interests”.

“My response is that my brothers and sisters from the South-east who are defecting know the electoral value of each and every one of us.

“We should allow them get the contract and employment they are looking for. At the appropriate time, we will know who is who in the South-east. There is nothing to worry about, we are completely in control,” he said.

Also, the recently elected chairman of the PDP governors forum, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, described the defectors simply as “food is ready” politicians.

He said he would not be silenced and would continue to criticise the APC administration.

“Unfortunately, people don’t learn from yesterday, the same people who promised change but could not deliver is the same place that some people are decamping to. It’s like they want to tell us that hunger is better than plenty and that fasting is better than eating all the time.

“Anything that is built on deception cannot stand, that is why you see them crumbling today. Nigerians are tired of the story of corruption, especially when those who claimed to be fighting corruption are running and chasing people who stole squirrel whereas on their part, they are stealing cows and elephants. They spent millions to cut grasses,” he said.


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  • Franky

    Nigerian Senators are not different from “Ashawos”. They want to be where they will share the gala. Alot of them do not know why they are there. Bunch of fools.

  • ps

    Now Senator Akpabio finally agreed there was and there is still division in PDP.

    Mr. Akpabio said all the senators were waiting for was for the PDP,
    which lost power at the centre to the APC in 2015, to resolve its
    internal crisis.

    The PDP has been factionalised since its national convention in Port Harcourt last year.

    One faction is led by a former Borno State governor, Ali Sheriff,
    while the other is led by a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed
    Makarfi.

  • simon tor gideon

    PDP will never learn any lesson because of pride.It was the same party that said the decampment of former gov Nyako and co from the party in 2014 will have no effect on the party as the persons who left were inconsequential.Today PDP did not lose Adamawa where an `inconsequetial` Nyako held swayed,but the federal govt it controlled.Today some Southern senators are defecting to the APC from the PDP and instead of the duo of Ekweremadu and Akpabio to quickly stem the tide,they are busy using the sameword `inconsequetial`on the defecting senators.If these people are inconsequential as they are saying,how did they find themselves in the NASS?Pease PDP should bury its pride and arrest this situation before they realise the party is extinct before 2019.

  • Powerlessconscious

    What is the important of LEGISLOOTERS? If they like, they can decamp into the lagoon. God bless buhari/osinbanjo.

  • MuhammadKabir Wahab

    THE LIAR OF THE YEAR. SENATORS ARE LEAVING PDP AND NON OF THEM WILL GO BACK TO PDP AGAIN. AKPABIO, YOU ARE DREAMING

  • Ilesanmi Dunjoye

    Whether Akpabio is telling us the truth or not the bitter truth is that an overwhelming number of APC members have become disappointed and no longer proud of this Alliance of Political Conspirators.

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  • thusspokez

    The Senate minority leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, has said that about 20 senators of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, are planning to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

    But you can’t keep your mouth shut about it?

  • Bimbo.

    Dreamer.

  • umar a a

    let all the APC senators joined the PDP after all they are of no relevance to ordinary Nigeria as far as buhari remain the president we are better up .we will never again vote for thieves or corrupt leaders

  • Iskacountryman

    the thrill is gone…return to sender…

  • ojays

    Beasts of no nation, move to your tents

  • Rommel

    Akpabio HahahahahahahahaLol! gone are the days when such primary school lies from houseboys won the day,the train has long left the station

  • Rommel

    I am surprised that there are people who still take this buffon of Ikot Ntuen seriously, no wonder anything can happen in Nigeria

  • El Patron

    This is medicine after death. No sensible politician will decamp to PDP now. They have stepped on the tail of the lion. Even if court rules in Makarfi’s favor, Sheriff will never letter them have peace. This is akin to the story of a guy who used a girl, now he wants to dump her after “getting what he wants”, and now she is stalking him and frustrating his life