By Iniabasi Umo
Uyo — Senator Godswill Akpabio says his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is done to promote national interest.
Speaking yesterday in Ikot Ekpene township stadium in Akwa Ibom, the venue of the grand defection, Akpabio said the country was in a period of national emergency that required the cooperation of all stakeholders to move forward.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom, who defected to the APC with two commissioners, Ibanga Akpabio and Victor Antai, sacked by the state government; two members of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Eton representing Abak and Ikot Ekpene federal constituencies, members of the State House of Assembly, Nse Ntuen and Gabriel Toby representing Essien Udim and Etim Ekpo local government areas respectively, said his action was designed to link Akwa Ibom State to the centre.
He said he was a man of peace that had no case to answer with the EFCC and called on the people of the state not to be afraid of President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that Nigeria has not seen the best of him.
“People are saying why APC, you need to know I am a nationalist. In troubled times like this when the country is at war, all hands may be on deck to salvage the situation. This is a difficult moment for Nigeria. In a period of national emergency, everybody should put hands together to support this government to bring peace to the people.
“I will like to be a conspirator who joins hands to conspire to put food on the table of Nigerians, to bring peace to Benue State, to stop the killings in our country, to ensure employment for our children, who bring about uncommon transformation for Nigerians.
“This is the moment of uncommon change. Uncommon change has come to Akwa Ibom, South-South, uncommon change has come to the Niger Delta.
“Those petitions to EFCC have been sorted out. As I stand today, I have not been charged to court because nothing was found,” he said.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who represented Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, called on the people of the state to have faith in the federal government. Mustapha, who voiced President Muhammadu Buhari’s love for them, said that the facts on ground support the agitation for the return of Buhari in 2019.
He said that of the 36 ministers, 18 were Muslims and 18 Christians with the Christians holding many important positions.
Mustapha, a Christian, explained that Vice President Osinbajo is a pastor. He named other key members of the government who are Christians to include governor of Central Bank of Nigeria; Ministers of Finance, petroleum, national planning; as well as the party’s national Chairman.
He said that Buhari was the only candidate who could generate 10 million votes unlike others that could not boast of 800 votes.
The APC National Leader, Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu, claimed that some members of the National Assembly were planning to impeach President Buhari, warning the plotters to drop their sinister move because it is not “possible for a lizard to wrestle an antelope.”
Dignitaries at the occasion to receive the erstwhile Senate Minority Leader included the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senate, Senator Ita Enang, APC South-South National Vice Chairman, Hillard Eta, Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawal, Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nsima Ekere, and over 30 senators among others.
With Agency Report