Reports circulating online indicates that Senator Godswill Akpabio, a stalwart of the main opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senate Minority Leader will defect from the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) any moment from now.
Also on the list of likely defectors from the PDP to the APC are Governors –Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Ben Ayade (Cross River) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).
Two senior members of the government with knowledge of the development, who asked to remain anonymous, told THEWILL that talks have been ongoing to receive the defectors into the APC, which recently lost three governors – Sokoto, Kwara and Benue – as well as at least 36 members of the House of Representatives and 14 senators, including Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
It was gathered that Akpabio has had talks with the APC national chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Thursday and had a long meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa over his planned defection.
It was also further gathered that Governors Ugwuanyi and Ayade are no longer comfortable with the PDP following disagreements between them and the leadership of the party under Uche Secondus coupled with the overbearing influences of Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu, who is from Enugu and Senator Liyel Imoke, the former Cross River Governor over the party’s affairs in their respective states.
Akpabio boycotted Thursday’s NEC meeting of the PDP in Abuja.