Senator Godswill Akpabio whose office as a senator representing Ikot Ekpene senatorial district of Akwa Ibom State came to an end as the 8th assembly ends plenary, today Thursday.
The former minority leader has apologized to members of his former party – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the manner he left the party 8 months ago before the 2019 general elections.
At the valedictory session of the Senate on Thursday, Sen. Akpabio tenders his apology to his colleagues in the PDP for the manner with which he left the party.
“I apologize to my colleagues in the PDP for the manner I left,” Akpabio said in a tweet by Nigeria Senate at its valedictory session in Abuja.
“I know they miss me.”
Akpabio “moved” from PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Let the world know I’ve joined APC, I’m now a progressive,” Akpabio said in August 2018.
“What I have done today is to link the people of Akwa Ibom to the centre. Akpabio is now in APC.”
Mr Akpabio, who benefited from PDP as a commissioner 8years, former governor of Akwa Ibom State 8years, a first timer at the upper legislative chamber and was freely given the mandate of Senate Minority Leader still from PDP, will not be returning back to the red chamber as the 9th Senate kicks off on June 11.
He was defeated by the former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Engr. Chris Ekpeyoung who was his former boss. He was defeated with a landside victory at the February senatorial election.
The Senator who recently claimed that he was expelled from the PDP is at the tribunal challenging the outcome of the exercise in which he lost to Chris Ekpenyong, candidate of the PDP for the February 23 election.
However, after over eight months in the ruling party, Akpabio said his stay in the Senate, the APC has been a mixture of different feelings.
“My stay in the 8th Senate is a mixture of sadness and happiness,” Akpabio said.
Akpabio’s defection to the APC was perceived as a massive boost for the party in the South-south during the general elections in February 2019. But this was not the reflection of the outcome of 2019 general election as APC lost every bid in the state and even the south south states all the governors were re-elected.
“I apologize to my colleagues in the PDP for the manner I left,” Akpabio said during the last plenary.
“I know they miss me. My stay in the 8th Senate is a mixture of sadness and happiness,” Akpabio added.