Osinbajo Meets Akpabio over Possible Defection

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in a reported bid to perfect the lawmaker’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The former governor of Akwa Ibom State arrived the State House Villa Thursday evening in the company of the Presidential Aide on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.

Daily Trust reports that the duo went straight into the Vice President’s wing at the State House Villa, one hour after President Muhammadu Buhari departed for Bauchi State on an official engagement.

Akpabio is said to be mulling defection over his rift with the current governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel.

His meeting with Osinbajo occurred as the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of his party, the PDP, was also going on, with Senate President Bukola Saraki and other defectors from the APC in attendance.

If Akpabio decamps, he would be the second senator from the oil rich Akwa Ibom to join the APC after Senator Nelson Effiong (PDP, Akwa-Ibom South) joined the APC earlier in the year.

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