- Chief Ebenezer Babatope has said that Senator Godswill Akpabio made grave mistake by defecting to the APC
- Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa-Ibom, defected from the PDP to the APC some months before 2019 general elections
- Babatope noted that Akpabio's political career ended the day he joined the APC
A former minister of transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has described the defection of former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) prior to the 2019 elections, as political miscalculation.
Legit.ng reported that Akpabio, a former minority leader of the Senate lost his bid to be reelected as senator representing Akwa Ibom northwest to Chris Ekpenyong, candidate of the PDP in the just concluded elections.
Speaking with Daily Independent, Babatope, a member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT), said Akpabio was merely deceived by the APC, 'a party that doesn’t mean well for Nigerians.'
He added that as governor, Akpabio did not commit any crime that would make him dump the PDP and run to the APC for cover.
“It is a pity. I like Akpabio as a person but politically, he has committed what I can call political hara-kiri. I am so sorry for him.
“He made a grand mistake for him to have judged that the APC will plan well for him. APC doesn’t mean well for anybody. They merely deceived people like him.
“So, Akpabio shouldn’t have joined the APC because there is nothing that he has done while in government that will make him to run to APC for cover," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the senator-elect for Ikot Ekpene senatorial district (Akwa Ibom north-west), Dr. Chris Ekpenyong, accused Akpabio of trying to stampede the state election tribunal in order to obtain a favourable judgement from them.
It was reported that Ekpeyong warned Akpabio to stop the campaign of blackmail and intimidation against the duly constituted election tribunal.
He said Akpabio should be charged for contempt "for continuing to stampede the tribunal with a view to forcing it to change the course of justice."
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