We were in love with Akpabio, but he betrayed us – PDP
National Legal adviser of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem has denied allegations of conspiracy against former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Obot Akpabio during the just concluded general election.
In an interview with Vanguard, Enoidem disclosed that the PDP met with Senator Akpabio 25 time before his defection inorder to persuade him from defecting to APC.
According to him, he even knelt down on one occasion ‘to get him to understand that he does not have any place outside PDP where his honour lies’
Enoidem maintained that Akpabio should not accusse anyone of conspiracy but should accept the result and move on.
“Anyone who paints me in such a picture is not correct. I stood my grounds to give value to politics, honesty, discountenance and selfishness in leadership'” he told Vanguard
“Before the defection of Godswill Akpabio, we had at least 20 different meetings between 25th December 2017 and 8th August 2018 where we tried to persuade him, using all manner of parameters, even kneeling before him to get him to understand that he does not have any place outside PDP where his honour lies, but all was to no avail. He cannot accuse anybody of conspiracy.
“If anybody conspired, he was the one conspiring against the state. He betrayed the state and the entire people. When we went to Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, we all contributed money to the stadium, and not less than 20,000 people were mobilized to the stadium to give him his second term mandate.
“Unfortunately, all he could say was that the people would go with him anywhere he goes no matter the platform. That was the highest level of pride. So, he cannot accuse anybody to have undermined him. We were in love with Godswill Akpabio till 8th August 2018 when he made public his decision to dump the party. Anything that happens to him can only be placed on his altar” he added