Senator Godswill Akpabio has formally defected to Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at a mega rally held at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium on Wednesday.
No fewer than 30 APC senators and members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) were on hand to receive the ex-senate minority leader, Akpabio.
The senate majority leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, who introduced his colleagues spoke on Akpabio whom he described as a nationalist and patriot who believes in Nigeria’s unity.
He said: “This defection surpasses all other defections.
“This is a defection that has shaken the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“They followed Akpabio everywhere to prevent him from defecting but he ignored them.”
He said Akpabio believes in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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— APC Nigeria (@APCNigeria) August 8, 2018
The 55-year-old is a lawyer and politician who was also governor of Akwa Ibom State from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.
In 2002, he was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources by the then Akwa Ibom governor Obong Victor Attah.
Between 2002 and 2006, he served as a commissioner in three key ministries — Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing.
In 2006, he aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a hotly contested primary election and defeated 57 other aspirants to emerge the candidate of the PDP.
His campaign with the slogan, “let God’s will be done” received mass support and was elected governor in Akwa Ibom in 2007.
He was re-elected for a second term in office as governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2011.