Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has reportedly collapsed and has been subsequently flown to a UK hospital for treatment, according to the Nigeria Bulletin.
The governor, who is also the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship Forum was said to have collapsed on Sunday, March 22, during an event in the state.
A source close to the governor who confided in Urhobo Today also confirmed Akpabio’s collapse, stating that he was indeed rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the UK.
The PDP and the Akwa Ibom State government are yet to issue a statement about this development.
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The news of Akpabio’s collapse comes as Victor Attah, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom and one of the founding members of the PDP, openly launched a public attack on his successor, Governor Godswill Akpabio during a campaign for the All Progressives Congress.
Premium Times reports that for the first time since the ex-governor left office in 2007, he Saturday, publicly attacked Mr. Akpabio, describing the latter’s senatorial aspiration as hypocritical.
It is yet unclear what would have led to the governors collapse but it might not be unconnected with the defection of former Governor Ubong Victor Attah from the ruling PDP to the opposition All Progressives Congress.