President Muhammadu Buhari with Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio in London, the United Kingdom on Sunday, August 5, 2018. PHOTO: Bashir Ahmad/Twitter
Senator Godswill Akpabio on Sunday visited President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom.
Although details of the Senator’s meeting with President Buhari are not yet known, there had been speculations that he may defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North West District is the Senate Minority Leader and currently a member of the PDP.
The Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang, on Saturday announced that the APC will receive Akpabio into its fold on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
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. Sen@itaenanglaw2.com pic.twitter.com/Cu8SpXTHYE
— Senator Ita Enang (@SenItaEnang) August 4, 2018
Channels TV reports that the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, had also posted on Facebook, a picture of Akpabio and the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, noting that there will be an APC Rally at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, to receive the former governor to APC.
Akpabio’s visit to President Buhari follows a gale of defections from the ruling APC. Many lawmakers at the National House of Assembly had announced their defection to the PDP.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and three APC governors, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Abdul Fatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State had also dumped the APC for PDP.