Just in the wake of mass defection as the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Sunday, it has created indication that the law maker is also planning to shift grand to the ruling All Progressives Congress from Peoples Democratic Party.
But reacting to the development, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party is not aware of Akpabio’s plan to decamp to APC, adding that the lawmaker had only informed the party’s National Working Committee of his trip to Germany.
He said the former governor of Akwa Ibom State could have had what he called “technical stopover” in London.
“He told us he was going to Germany and if he ended up in London, maybe, he had a technical stopover,” Ologbondiyan noted, adding that “the PDP has no issues with Akpabio whatsoever and the party will not respond to speculations of his readiness to defect. We have no notice of the said defection and all I can say now is that we will cross the bridge when we get there.”
Nevertheless, the rumour of Akpabio’s planned defection had been rife within the national leadership of the PDP, including the governors, investigation by FELLOW PRESS revealed.
It was also gathered that one of the governors, name withheld, from the southern part of the country had openly accused Akpabio of hobnobbing with the ruling party at the residence of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, recently.
The event was said to have happened when the leaders of the party visited Ekweremadu as a result of a siege laid to his house by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recentterm instead of the present governor,” a source said.