Acting President Yemi Osinbajo of APC is planning a massive ceremony to receive defecting minority senate leader Godswill Akpabio on August 9.
Senator Akpabio who is currently a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has completed plans to defect to the national ruling All Progressives Congress.
According APC United Kingdom, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, accompanied by Senator (Dr ) Ita Enang, and leaders of the APC in Akwa Ibom would formally receive Akpabio into All Progressives Congress at Ikot Ekpene Stadium.
It said that all lovers of democracy were invited to attend the ceremony.
Akpabio had met Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja on Thursday and also national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in Lagos.
Acting President, @ProfOsinbajo accompanied by Senator (Dr ) Ita Enang, and leaders of the APC in Akwa Ibom to formally receive Senator (Dr.) Godswill Akpabio into APC at Ikot Ekpene Stadium on Thursday 9 August, 2018.
All lovers of Democracy are cordially invited. pic.twitter.com/3ZyvNqhxkj
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) August 4, 2018
In the twitter handle of the Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang, he wrote: ”I’m confirming that the APCNigeria family as earlier indicated will formally receive H.E,@godswill_akpabio on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa-Ibom State”.
I’m confirming that the @APCNigeria family as earlier indicated will formally receive H.E,@godswill_akpabio on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8,2018 at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa-Ibom State.Senator (Dr) ITA ENANG.Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly- Senate.
I'm confirming that the @APCNigeria family as earlier indicated will formally receive H.E,@godswill_akpabio on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8,2018 at an elaborate ceremony in Akwa-Ibom State.Senator (Dr) ITA ENANG.Presidential Liaison to the National Assembly- Senate. Sen@itaenanglaw2.com pic.twitter.com/Cu8SpXTHYE
— Senator Ita Enang (@SenItaEnang) August 4, 2018
The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, had also made a similar announcement.
He said a rally will be held at Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, to receive the former governor to the All Progressives Congress .
Following the announcement, Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North West District in the Senate, on Sunday visited the president in the United Kingdom where he is currently on vacation.
The visit, as well as speculations of his (Akpabio’s) defection from the PDP, come amidst a gale of defections by lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Akpabio was governor of oil-rich Akwa Ibom state from 2007-2015. He was elected a Senator in 2015 and was chosen as the minority leader for the Peoples Democratic Party senators.
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