Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district at
the red chamber and former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Goodswill
Akpabio said if elections were conducted ten times in the state,
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would continue to carry the day.
Akpabio, flanked by the new Governor of the State, Emmanuel Udom
during a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at his Abeokuta
Presidential Hilltop Mansion in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital on
Friday said the party is like a religion on Akwa Ibom state.
Akpabio who arrived Obasanjo’s house with his team hours after the
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki led some members of the
Senate on a consultation visit to Obasanjo said he was not bordered at
the number of petitions that are being entertained by the tribunals in
the state.
The former Governor who said the state now parades highest number of
petition writers after Ekiti State said it is normal for petitions to
follow election but was quick to express his trust in the judicial
system of the country.
“The party is like a religion in the state and nobody can take this
away from us. If you conduct election five times in Akwa Ibom, PDP
will still win.”
The former Chairman of PDP Governors Forum also threw his weight
behind those calling for the downward review of the budgetary
allocation to the national assembly saying the move would allow enough
money for the President to carry out more developmental projects.
He said, I am happy seeing him (Obasanjo) in good health despite his
very busy schedule in bringing unity to African, I am very delighted.
So, this is my home, I am sure that you know that I am not new here;
the only difference is that it is an uncommon visit since I came with
an uncommon visitor in the person of the new governor of Akwa Ibom state.”
Asked whether Obasanjo accepted the ‘uncommon visitor’, Akpabio said,
“Yes, he did and gave him his blessing; he prayed for him that just
like I succeeded that he should even succeed more than me.
The Governor who also spoke with newsmen after a closed door meeting
with the former President which lasted for about two hours said the
visit was an appreciation call on Obasanjo describing the latter as
the father of the nation.

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