We met Akpabio 20 times to stop his defection - Enoidem

We met Akpabio 20 times to stop his defection - Enoidem

- Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem has revealed how the PDP tried to stop Senator Godswill Akpabio from defecting to the APC

- The PDP national legal adviser said the party's leadership visited Senator Akpabio 20 times

- He said the Akwa Ibom people were in love with Akpabio until he made public his decision to dump the PDP

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) national legal adviser, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, has revealed how the PDP tried to stop Senator Godswill Akpabio from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Enoidem who is from Akwa Ibom, said the party's leadership visited Senator Akpabio 20 times to convince him to stay in the PDP.

He said the Akwa Ibom people were in love with Akpabio until he made public his decision to dump the PDP.

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In an interview with Vanguard, Enoidem said: “Before the defection of Godswill Akpabio, we had at least 20 different meetings between 25th December 2017 and 8th August 2018 where we tried to persuade him, using all manner of parameters, even kneeling before him to get him to understand that he does not have any place outside PDP where his honour lies, but all was to no avail.

“He cannot accuse anybody of conspiracy. If anybody conspired, he was the one conspiring against the state. He betrayed the state and the entire people.

“When we went to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, we all contributed money to the stadium, and not less than 20,000 people were mobilized to the stadium to give him his second term mandate.

“Unfortunately, all he could say was that the people would go with him anywhere he goes no matter the platform. That was the highest level of pride.

“So, he cannot accuse anybody to have undermined him. We were in love with Godswill Akpabio till 8th August 2018 when he made public his decision to dump the party. Anything that happens to him can only be placed on his altar.”

Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has said his government wrestled with principalities and powers in high places during the just concluded governorship election in the state.

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Governor Emmanuel made the remark at the Victory Thanksgiving Service with the theme: The Danger of Ingratitude, organised by the Akwa Ibom state government at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Friday, March 29.

He said the PDP's victory in the state represents a new dawn for Akwa Ibom, even as he thanked the party's leaders, members and supporters for their contribution to the PDP's victory.

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