MOVEMENT OR DEFECTION: AKPABIO HAS CAPSIZED LIKE A FAULTY BOAT –PDP
_By Umoh-Obong Kingsley_
statement by Senator Godswill Akpabio, that he never defected from the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but only moved into the All Progressives
Congress (APC), has been dismissed, with the former Governor likened to
a faulty capsized boat.
During a chat with journalists in his
office on Wednesday, the Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Goddy Umoh, stated that what Akpabio
termed as movement is not known to the law, or the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said: “What we know is defection
and that is exactly what he (Akpabio) did. He wrote a letter to the
party that he was not willing to belong to PDP again. It was the news
all over the country. For him to talk of movement today, ordinarily he
has capsized like a very bad boat.”
On the flooding in PDP as
presumed by Akpabio, Barr. Umoh emphasized: “If he is talking about
flood in terms of water, I might not be in position to speak on that
because I’m not living there.
“But if he is talking about
political flood, it is very faulty for anybody to say that the party was
flooded and he never at any point in time came back to us to say that
he was no longer interested.
“It is on record that the first
undertaking of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to give Sen. Akpabio the
mandate was at his house in Ukana and I read on behalf of the people of
the district by the stakeholders. We gave him the mandate, only to wake
up one morning to hear that he has left the party.
“If that is
what he calls movement, it is conjectures in terms of terms. There is
nothing like movement. It is either you defect or decamp in the manner
we all understand.
“Certainly, what he did was not known to anybody in the party.
the Sheriff’s incident, the PDP as a party became stronger than any
other party. So it is ridiculous for anybody to say that there was flood
in the party.”
Barr. Umoh who is a stakeholder from Ikot Ekpene
Senatorial District described as very wrong Akpabio’s claim that wards
and chapter executives suspended or expelled him from the party thereby
frustrating his reelection.
“In all sincerity, that is wrong and I do not agree to it. A ward or chapter executive cannot suspend a Senator.
Any disciplinary action for a sitting Senator who is a member of the
National Executive Council is done at the National leadership of the
“Above all, I would have been aware if something like that
was to happen. In the law, expulsion from the party is not any or one
of the grounds that one needs to throw to the able to defect.”
cited Sections 68 and 109 of the Constitution which state that the only
acceptable grounds for anyone to defect, and anything contrary to that
would make anyone lose his/her seat.
On why the PDP did not
challenge Akpabio’s defection, Barr. Umoh said it is a matter of choice.
“If anyone harms you, you have the choice to either go to court or not.
We have the choice and it wasn’t the intention of the party to go to
The PDP Legal Adviser wondered why the former Senate
Minority Leader went to court to prevent the National Assembly from
declaring his seat vacant, if he was not scared.