PDP National Leaders Meet With Senator Akpabio On His Next Political Move
The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, worried by the growing insinuation of a likely party switch by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has met with him in his home in Abuja last Saturday, to persuade him against any planned defection.
The PDP team led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, our Correspondent learnt, got worried about the likely move by the Senate Minority leader to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and decided to confront the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is regarded in PDP quarters as one of the key politicians still holding the party.
One of the participants at the closed door meeting told our Correspondent, on condition of anonymity, the move became urgent following the complaint of the Akwa Ibom State governor that the former governor was “becoming more and more slippery”. He noted that the governor’s outcry was worrisome because “Akpabio was critical to the party’s election winning strategy in Akwa Ibom State.”
The meeting, which lasted for about four hours, produced no visible result, as according to our source, “the former governor remained largely evasive. He told us that he was interested in seeing a vibrant country, where equity and Justice remain supreme. He said that what the country needed at this time was not actually party-based, but a leadership with the right type of patriotism.”
The party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, was said to have appealed to the former governor to stick to the party and to especially reassure Governor Udom Emmanuel of support in the 2019 governorship election in the state. Secondus proposed a meeting between Gov. Emmanuel and Senator Akpabio where issues concerning the relationship between the two as it concerns 2019 would be addressed.
It would be recalled that the former governor had in a speech at a recent rally in Ikot Ekpene, hinted that his reelection to the senate was not dependent on any political party, noting that whichever party he chooses to run on its platform would avail him victory at the polls. This declaration by Akpabio has been variously interpreted to mean that Gov Emmanuel cannot be too sure of the full support of Senator Akpabio in the next governorship election in the state.