20 APC Senators set to decamp to PDP — Akpabio
The Minority Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has said not less than 20 senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) have signified their intention to cross over to the PDP as soon as peace returns to the party. He said just as the party has lost senators through defections, there are also some others who have joined the PDP through elections and the court pronouncements. Akpabio’s hope-rising disclosure came just as the duo of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekerenmadu, and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, scorned some of the PDP chieftains who recently defected to APC, describing them as feather weights with little or no electoral value. Speaking at the opening of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and expanded caucus of the PDP in Abuja yesterday, Akpabio stated that despite some defections that hit the party recently, PDP senators in the National Assembly are still intact and very supportive of the party. Buoyed by the vibrant atmosphere that pervaded the International Conference Centre, venue of the PDP meeting, Akpabio told the gathering that the chances of the party bouncing back to power is very bright today than ever, adding that “no election that will be conducted in the former PDP 28 states that the party will not win. “As I speak, so many senators from the opposing party are eager to join PDP. All they want is a return of peace to the party, once that is done, I can assure that 20 senators are on their way to joining the PDP. My message to those who are thinking of defection is to retrace their steps because PDP is bouncing back to victory in 2019.” The Minority Leader, however, warned that if the party fails to put its house in order, it may lose in Ekiti State, adding that there is an urgent need to tackle the crisis in the party so as to avoid further loses.