The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleges that the Senate Minority Leader, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, on Sunday, actually told the party’s National Working Committee that he was going to Germany.
According to the party in a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, the PDP was not aware of any defection plot by Mr. Akpabio to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and could have had a technical stopover in London.
“He told us he was going to Germany and if he ended up in London, maybe, he had a technical stopover.
“The PDP has no issues with Akpabio whatsoever and the party will not respond to speculations of his readiness to defect. We have no notice of the said defection and all I can say now is that we will cross the bridge when we get there.”
His apparent political meetings with APC chieftains lately, clearly indicates that the former Governor will soon decamp to the APC as he also met with the National Leader of the party, Chief Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Abuja on Monday.
According to reports, a PDP governor, at the residence of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, openly accused Akpabio of associating with the APC. The undisclosed governor confronted him and demanded an explanation on why he was meeting secretly with the APC.
“We were all surprised with the governor from the southern part of the country, who accused him (Akpabio) of playing a double game. He asked why Akpabio had refused to speak out for the party of recent and why he had been absent at party’s events.
“We all knew that Akpabio was actually meeting with APC leaders at night, and laughing with us during the day. But we didn’t know how to handle it.
“Akpabio, however, refused to speak to the governor. Rather, he was just smiling, even though he seemed not to be enjoying the talk.
“The DSP (Ekweremadu) tried to calm the said governor down, but you know he is very outspoken. He said it without fear or favour, that he knew that he was saying,” an undisclosed source told Punch.