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Senator Akpabio – I did not defect to APC

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Senator Godswill Akpabio the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, clear the air on his movement to the APC. He said he did not defect to the APC but he only moved to the ruling party

Akpabio further went on to say what he saw when he came to the APC as he was surprised that those pulling the party down are among the ones that created it.

When he was asked about his defection he said: “I did not defect, I moved to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the national interest especially if you look at what is happening at the national level.

“I was surprised that people who founded the APC were the same people determined to ruin that party, to bring down the government of President Buhari just because the election is approaching so that they could go and contest under another platform.

“I felt there is a need for us to have a country before we talk about elections. People say statesmen think about the next generation while politicians think of the next election.

“I saw a trend where a lot of us are now becoming politicians thinking only of the next election without thinking of the next generation.

“I moved in the national interest, to stabilize the polity and in order to support the current administration.

“And I think that, to a large extent, my intention was achieved and so it was referred to as ‘uncommon defection’ because it was one defection that stopped a lot of defections.

“I was not thinking whether I will win the election in 2019 when I was moving because, at that time, my state was totally PDP; when I moved, people were shocked but today, less than two months after, the entire state, 98%, has turned APC.”

Reaction to claims that the country will be at war during the general election next year he said: “There will be no war in Nigeria in 2019, people should not think of the election as war. The election should not be war.

“I appreciate that question because recently I made a statement which I love to make.

“I said, ‘Warsaw saw war’ because the political leadership in PDP in Akwa Ibom had said that the current administration should recruit people and prepare for war, that 2019 will be war and that only the fittest would survive.

“So, the youths and some elders of the APC met me to say that people are calling for war.

“And I told them that people calling for war have never seen war and that, in those days, even when the worst enemies of mankind, Hitler, went to Poland which capital is Warsaw to wage war, he thought it was going to be a cheap thing but it wasn’t.”

Related topics Akpabio, APC, Defection
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