The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has countered claims of the Ikot Ekpene District Senator, Chief Godswill Akpabio, that he was expelled from the PDP and therefore, justified in ‘moving’ to the APC.
On Friday, May 17, the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Barr. Iniobong Ememobong, in a release, described Senator Akpabio’s assertion before an Abuja Federal High Court, as “a transparent lie of expulsion shamelessly spewed by Chief Akpabio”, adding that he was never suspended or expelled from the party.
“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 at the National Assembly. In fact, at different campaigns, he mocked the PDP as being empty since his uncommon defection. At no time did he mention the issue of expulsion, which has now become his creation as a lame defence to keep his seat”, the spokesman said.
“He conspired with Ntiedo Usoro, the then Chapter Chairman of Essien Udim to illegally write a letter of expulsion to him and back date same. The said Ntiedo having completed his assignment, later defected and joined Chief Akpabio in the APC”, he revealed.
Ememobong condemned Akpabio’s position saying it was an “ignoble comedy…taken beyond sane limits. It is indicative of the total exit of honour from a man whom many erroneously held in high esteem”, He said.
He averred that Akpabio could not have been expelled without the concurrence of the State Executive Committee of the party. “There is no record showing the existence of such a punitive move undertaken against the senator by his ward or chapter executive council. Expulsion is a process and not an event”, he stated.
“Nigerians are not fools and cannot be deceived by double speak and greed propelled dishonesty, but they may be amused by face saving but disdainful comedy, scripted and acted by an uncommon National Comedian. Senator Akpabio should count today as his lucky day, because if our great party had been joined in that suit, his fake bravado would have evaporated, exposing his real and inherent cowardly character and paranoia-influenced mindset”, the Party spokesman said.
He urged Akpabio to desist from including the PDP in his “serial lies”, adding that the Senator had become the Party’s history and his Senatorial district’s whom he said “have sent the disgraced senator on compulsory political retirement”.
“A brave man should prepare to face the natural consequences of his actions and not to engage in perennial doublespeak, disgraceful pendulum motion and irreverent redefinition of established terms”, Ememobong concluded.