The Akwa Ibom State chapter of Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) has refuted claims
by Senator Godswill Akpabio that he was
suspended from the PDP.
Akpabio, a senator representing Akwa Ibom Northwest in the 8th National Assembly had told a Federal High Court on Friday, May 17, 2019 that he moved to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after being suspended from the PDP.
This was sequel to a suit filed by an advocacy group, Legal Aides Assistant Project (LEDAP) which sought to remove Senator Akpabio and 53 other members of the National Assembly who defected from one political party to another in 2018.
Delivering judgement on the case, Justice Okon Abang tilted to the position of the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio.
Justice Okon Abang said, “Having provided
evidence that he (Akpabio) was suspended from the party (PDP), the defendant (Akpabio) was free to move to another political party.” Apparently irked by the ruling, the PDP in Akwa Ibom State has accused Akpabio of fraudulently obtaining the expulsion letter.
PDP alleged an ex-member of the party,
Ntiedo Usoro who served as Essien Udim Local Government chapter Chairman issued a fake expulsion letter to Akpabio in which the latter tendered before the court.
In a statement released by Comrade Ini
Ememobong, AKS State Publicity Secretary, on Friday, the party claimed there is no way Akpabio would have been expelled at the local government level without concurrent expulsion at the national level.
The party’s statement reads thus: the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has read a news item flowing from the judgement of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Abang wherein the trial judge held that Senator Akpabio led evidence to show that he was expelled from the People’s Democratic Party and therefore was justified in law in ‘moving’ to
We state that nothing can be farther from the truth than the transparent lie of expulsion shamelessly spewed by Chief Akpabio. We make bold to state that at no time was Chief Akpabio 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. 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.
This ignoble comedy which has been taken
beyond sane limits is most condemnable and dishonorable. It is indicative of the total exit of honour from a man whom many erroneously held in high esteem.
There is no way that Senator Akpabio could have been expelled by the party, 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.
We know that the disgraced senator is running from his shadows and questioning karma, as his conscience is putting him to remembrance of how he masterminded the suspension and eventual expulsion of his predecessor, Obong Victor Attah from the Party(though the act was reversed by the National Exco of the party).
His successor, Governor Udom Emmanuel and the incumbent party leadership under Obong Paul Ekpo have decidedly made themselvesunavailable for karma to use against him.
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.
We warn Senator Akpabio to desist forthwith from including the PDP in his serial lies. He is history to us, for all we care and soon, will be history to his Senatorial District- people who have sent the disgraced senator on compulsory
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