Nigeria senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio met vacationing President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Sunday, four days before he switches allegiance from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Issues discussed were not disclosed.
Akpabio had met vice president Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja on Thursday and also national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Lagos.
Akpabio’s decision to leave the PDP has dampened the party’s celebration over the defection of a dozen senators, three governors and around 30 members of the House of Representatives, who hitherto were members of the APC.
Senator Ita Enang further confirmed that Akpabio will officially join the party “at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa Ibom.”
“I’m confirming that the @APCNigeria family as earlier indicated will formally receive H.E,@godswill_akpabio on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018 at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa Ibom State,” Enang stated on his Twitter account on Saturday.
I'm confirming that the @APCNigeria family as earlier indicated will formally receive H.E,@godswill_akpabio on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8,2018 at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa-Ibom State.Senator (Dr) ITA ENANG.Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly- Senate. [email protected] pic.twitter.com/Cu8SpXTHYE
— Senator Ita Enang (@SenItaEnang) August 4, 2018
Akpabio also dropped a hint via his Twitter account on Sunday by tweeting a picture of himself meeting Buhari to discuss and “share ideas that will build the bridge between the struggle of today and the future we will all be proud of.”
Our most important task as leaders is to engage in meaningful discussion and share ideas that will build the bridge between the struggle of today and the future we will all be proud of pic.twitter.com/2Mjz5fRb9n
— Godswill Obot Akpabio (@SenatorAkpabio) August 5, 2018
He is scheduled to switch to the APC in Ikot Ekpene on August 9.
Akpabio was governor of oil-rich Akwa Ibom State from 2007-2015. He was elected a senator in 2015 and was chosen as the minority leader for the PDP senators.