The major rationale behind the meeting between the Senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been revealed.
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NIGERIA NEWS notes that the Monday, August 6 meeting between the former governor of Akwa Ibom state and Tinubu among many others have caused a ruse in the camp of the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the report, the meeting between Akpabio and Tinubu was part of the last-minute consultations on his planned defection to the ruling APC.
A source privy to information from the meeting said the visit was at the instance of Akpabio who is the minority leader.
It was further learnt that Akpabio felt it was necessary for him to visit Tinubu before finally defecting to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“Asiwaju started the whole process of bringing Akpabio to join the APC. The discussions and negotiations began a long time ago and what he (Akpabio) did when he came today was to just come for further consultations ahead of his formal declaration which is on Tuesday (Today).
“He (Akpabio) said his visit was just a homecoming visit because Asiwaju started it all. Don’t forget, capturing Akpabio who is ‘a big fish’ in the south south is major inroads to the zone. You know his weight in Akwa Ibom and in the south south as a whole,” the source said.
Revealing details of the meeting, the source noted that the minority leader has said that the process of his defection was initiated by Bola Tinubu. He quoted Akpabio saying: “You (Tinubu) started it all, I needed to come to where it all started.”
Describing the minority leaders decision to meet Tinubu as strategic, the source said Akpabio’s input is needed in the party because of his influence over the people of Akwa Ibom state.
According to the source, Akpabio was credited with almost single-handedly installing the current Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, members of the National Assembly and their counterparts in the state House of Assembly.
He said with Akpabio’s defection, only one of the three PDP senators will be left in the opposition PDP with several members of the House of Representatives expected to join him in his new party.
“With Akpabio joining us, you know the days of the PDP in Akwa Ibom and in the south south generally are already numbered. His joining the APC will help strengthen our party in the APC in the south south,” the source said.
In a related development, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Senate minority leader Godswill Akpabio tendered his resignation letter.