PATRICK EKPOTU SPEAKS ON SEN AKPABIO’S DEFECTION
A former Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Patrick Ekpotu has reacted over the value accruable to the APC from the recent defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio from the Peoples Democratic Party.
Ekpotu, on Monday, said those celebrating Akpabio’s defection were overrating the former governor’s political influence.
He said the defection of the former governor only showed that Akpabio was incapable of operating within an opposition platform.
Ekpotu made the assertions in a statement made available to journalists.
He claimed that the former Senate Minority Leader’s defection was because the APC was the current custodian of state apparatus, which he usually relied on.
He said, “Akpabio’s recourse is often to rely heavily on apparatus of state security to cow people into submission and dominion.
“His decision to embrace the APC now, among others, is because the APC is today the custodian of that state apparatus.”
Ekpotu claimed that a rude shock awaited Akpabio in his new party.
He said, “A journey into that past rather evokes disdain and repugnance following its glaring shortcomings to which the people had long answered objections and cannot allow a replay, no matter where Akpabio derived his inspiration.
“I see, not just the PDP in the state, but also the majority of its citizens playing this out strongly, stoutly, and committedly in days ahead.”
Dismissing the comparison between Akpabio and Senate President, Bukola Saraki’ defections, as misplaced, the former deputy governor argued that, “In Saraki’s Kwara, his ancestors may have left behind many distinctions to give him a dominating hold on that state and their people cherish it.
“Unfortunately, it is not so in Akwa Ibom where no such commensurate wand is inspired, be it in depth, attainments, legacies and fairness.”