Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio has stated that his crossing over to the All Progressive Congress(APC) wasn’t a defection but a movement of like minds. Speaking on ‘moments of thought’ last night, the former senate minority leader said “I didn’t defect, it was a movement of like minds to help stabilize the nation”.
Senator Akpabio also went further to praise the President Buhari led government for fighting corruption and tackling poverty, “In the area of corruption, the president has been honored by the ECOWAS. The president is doing the right thing, fighting corruption and also fighting poverty.”
On the state of insecurity in the country, Senator Akpabio scored the present administration high, “There was a time bomb blasts were a normal thing in Abuja but those are things of the past. Boko Haram has been decimated and IPOB brought under control. If security votes are given to state governors, why can’t you assist the federal government? It is not everytime blame the federal government.”
Senator Akpabio explained that he left the Peoples Democratic Party in order to align his people to the centre and give them what the PDP couldn’t, “Through out the 16 years of PDP no kilometer of road was done in Akwa Ibom State, but this government has started dualizing from Ikot Ekpene to Odukpani. The government has commenced a rail way in my state and the dualization of the Ikot Ekpene road to Aba will commence in 2019. Now my people know why I moved. Politics is local and that’s why I moved and my people are determined to give the APC 75 percent of our votes and that is why Akwa Ibom has become an APC state in less than 3 months, despite having a PDP government which will change in 2019”.
Senator Akpabio also commended the Buhari administration for ensuring press freedom and freedom of speech, “Freedom of expression has moved to freedom of insult. The kind of democracy we are practicing is what took 300 years to happen in America, but this president has brought it in 3 years.”
Having left behind a huge debt profile for his state and billions in unpaid pensions and gratuities, debt to contractors and numerous uncompleted projects despite receiving huge sums as allocation every month, the former Akwa Ibom State Governor insists that this is the best time to be a Governor of state, “This is the best time to be a governor because they have the Paris Club money. I did a lot of work about the Paris Club refund but didn’t get anything, yet i left 147 billion in infrastructure.”
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