Former Senate Minority leader, Godswill Obot Akpabio has denied allegations that he called the All Progressives Congress (APC) evil and was considering returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a press release on Thursday night, signed by his Special Assistant on media, Anietie Ekong, Senator Akpabio disclosed that he had no regret whatsoever for the decision he took as a nationalist to join the APC.
He maintained that he was rigged out of the race for re-election as Senator but will reclaim his mandate at the tribunal.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, His Excellency, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON has been drawn to a malevolent quote dripping with malice and falsehood attributed to him in the social media thus: ‘I was a Commissioner for eight years and Governor for eight years under PDP, but now I have only spent three months and I am finished politically, what type of evil party is this?’
“We wish to state without fear of contradiction that this is the concoction by whoever authored it. The assertion is factually inaccurate.
“Chief Godswill Akpabio never served as a Commissioner for eight years so he could never have so claimed nor could he have described his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as ‘evil party.’
“Distinguished Senator Akpabio has no regret whatsoever for the decision he took as a nationalist to join the All Progressives Congress and lend his support to President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he sees as an upright leader with the interest of the generality of the Nigerian people, especially the masses at heart.
“Given similar circumstances and situations, Senator Akpabio would still take the same decision over and over again. He has no apology for his resolve.
“As the National Coordinator of the Presidential Support Committee and the South-South Director of the Presidential Campaign Council during the last general elections, Senator Akpabio is proud to have worked with other Progressives for the re-election of President Buhari. He remains a committed member of the APC and will join hands and work with the President in any way to move the country forward.
“There is no gainsaying that Senator Akpabio was rigged out of the race for re-election as Senator to represent the good people of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District. He’s presently at the Election Petition Tribunal to reclaim his stolen mandate and has the support of his party, the APC. He has implicit confidence in the judiciary to restore his mandate.
“The quote attributed to him is the handiwork of political jobbers and mischief–makers, who in recent times have elevated political propaganda to high art.
“The general public should discountenance these shenanigans trying, albeit unsuccessfully, to malign the integrity of Senator Akpabio.”
Presidency Replies Ebere Ihedioha For Saying She Is Solidly Behind Her Husband
The special aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on social media, Lauretta Onochie has sent a reply to Ebere Ihedioha, wife of erstwhile Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, after she said she’s strongly behind him following his removal as Imo Governor by the Supreme Court.
Recall that Ihedioha was sacked from office following a judgement of the apex court on Tuesday which reinstated Hope Uzodinma as the duly elected governor of the State.
Reacting to Supreme Court’s ruling, the former first lady, Ebere Ihedioha had written on micro-blogging site, Twitter:
“My Love, my Partner and my Friend . Nkem ! # IGotYourBack ”
In an apparent reply to Ebere’s message to her husband, Lauretta Thursday morning tweeted:
“When men play dirty games, its their women who pick up the pieces.
Ebere Ihedioha, wife of Emeka Ihedioha, Former Governor of Imo state, is in that situation now and doing just that.
Ihedioha: PDP To Protest Supreme Court’s Verdict On Imo
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Friday proposed that PDP National Executive Committee members embark on a protest against the judgement of the Supreme Court which sacked the PDP Imo State governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, as the duly elected governor of Imo State.
Speaking during its ongoing emergency NEC meeting in Abuja, Secondus said the proposed protest was to impress it on Nigerians that injustice had been done to the party.
He stated that the mandate given to the party by the Imo electorate had been snatched from the party.
According to him, the declaration of the Imo State candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Hope Uzodinma, as the Imo State Governor is a miscarriage of Justice.
He said though the ultimate justice would come from God Almighty, the aggrieved PDP leaders must speak out against injustice as their silence would be taken for consent to the alleged injustice.
Furthermore, the Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, said he dressed as a warrior in Igbo attire to depict that Nigeria is at ‘war.’
According to him, the alleged injustice in Imo was not only done to the PDP but to all Nigerians.
He stated that the party had not recovered from the alleged injustice.
He said, “Nigeria is getting to an end if we continue this way.”
Also, the 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the PDP and the G34 fought and brought democracy to Nigeria.
He said, “Our party governed very well from 1999 to 2015. As true democrats, we handed over party to the ruling party, hoping that it will deepen democracy, alas we have been disappointed.”
Atiku called for the constitution of a committee to review what happened at the last election and make necessary recommendations.
He said the roles of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies should not be taken for granted.
According to him, taking them for granted would be the end of the struggles of the founding fathers of the party.
“It is our duty to reincarnate the struggles they made that brought the democracy that APC is enjoying,” Atiku submitted.
I Remain Anambra South Senator — Ifeanyi Ubah
Ifeanyi Ubah says he has not been sacked as the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district.
Ubah, in a telephone interview with Punch correspondent in Abuja, on Friday, said the FCT Court only refused to vacate its earlier ruling, which had since been faulted on the grounds of jurisdiction.
He explained that Justice Bello Kawu ruled on an application to vacate an earlier judgement of the court on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction and asked the parties to proceed to the Appeal Court.
He said, “The reports of my sacking from the Senate is not correct. I remain the substantive Senator representing Anambra South.”