Senator Godswill Akpabio, who lost his bid to return to the Nigerian Senate, says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, lost the presidential election the day he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akpabio made this comment during an interview with Channels Television‘s Seun Okinbaloye.
This online news platform recalls that Akpabio, a senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west, joined the ruling party in August, with APC celebrating his decision to quit the opposition party.
Political analysts had said one of the reasons APC flagged off its presidential campaign in Akwa Ibom was because of the influence Akpabio commands.
Akpabio had also boasted that he would deliver Akwa Ibom for Buhari, a promise he failed to fulfil. He also failed to secure his seat.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom said “My former party lost from the day I stepped out of it.”
Akpabio said the PDP became lighter when he moved to the ruling party with thousands of his supporters.
The former Senate minority leader said this depleted the PDP’s numbers and by extension its chances of winning the elections.
Akpabio however, noted that the PDP would not have been able to defeat Buhari even if he was there because Nigerians wanted continuity.
His words: “I believe strongly that the president needed to be re-elected,” Akpabio said.
Speaking about his loss at the senatorial poll, Akpabio said he was robbed.
“Those responsible, whether the REC in Akwa-Ibom state or those he instructed know the reality, my plea now is that they should announce my result,” he said.
“The reality is that I am asking for justice. I am saying that INEC should be bold enough to do the right thing.
“I am disappointed that a state with so much followership as far as the party is concerned, the state that loves President Buhari so much was not allowed as a result of a conspiracy to bring out the votes,” he added.