Akpabio resigns as Senate Minority Leader



Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, on Tuesday, resigned as the Minority Leader of the 8th National Assembly. The resignation is the climax of Akpabio’s preparations to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday.

Akpabio, representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has between last Friday and Monday held consultation meetings with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at eh State House, Abuja, on Friday; visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London, the United Kingdom, on Sunday and held meeting with APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Monday in Abuja, perhaps, informing them that he is set to defect from the PDP to the APC on Wednesday.

Akpabio’s media aide, Jackson Udom, in a statement, disclosed that the resignation letter was dated August 4, 2018 and was addressed to the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, for transmission to the Senate leadership and entire senators.

The statement indicated that Akpabio thanked the Senate leadership, the minority leadership, all distinguished Senators and his party for the opportunity to lead the PDP Caucus in the last three years.

APC leaders have planned a mega rally in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, to receive Senator Akpabio into their fold on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.


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