- The PDP in Akwa Ibom said Senator Godswill Akpabio must purge himself of all anti-party activities before coming back to the fold
- Akpabio who was the Senate minority leader defected to the APC on August 8, 2018
- According to the publicity secretary in the state, PDP is like the Kingdom of God which accepts everybody that has shown true repentance
Akwa Ibom chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given conditions for reaccepting Senator Godswill Akpabio into its fold should he seek to come back to the party.
Independent reports that Ini Ememobong, the state publicity secretary, said if Akpabio was still in love with the PDP based on his body language, then he had to make himself pure of all anti-party activities.
Ememobong said: "PDP is like the Kingdom of God which accepts everybody that has shown true repentance. The only difference is that we don’t have a place where we ask one to go and undergo baptism to wash themselves clean.
“So if he is still in love with the party, he has to show some characteristics consistent with our philosophy and that must be seen by everybody.
"We don’t chase people away. And we don’t expel people from the party without due process. But we don’t accept people who work against our collective interest as he has been doing since his defection.
“We never expelled him in the first place. All of us here know that based on the kind of person Senator Akpabio is, if the party had expelled him today, the next day CNN and BBC could have carried the report.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the PDP in Akwa Ibom on Monday, May 20, said it never expelled or suspended Akpabio from the party. The publicity secretary of the party in the state stated this at a news conference in Uyo.
Ememobong said the claim by Akpabio that he was expelled by the party was a “transparent lie’’, adding that the former governor had never “even been suspended at any time.’’
According to him, “Chief Akpabio had announced to the world on August 8, 2018, that he was defecting from the PDP to the APC in pursuit of national interest and to stem the tide of defections in the National Assembly."
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