A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths, the PDP Youths Congress, says the treatment meted out to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, by the All Progressives Congress is the beginning of his reward for “political harlotry” and for betraying the PDP, “a party that gave him everything politically.”
On Saturday, angry protesters drawn from the faction loyal to Senator Akpabio had protested at the APC secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, seeking the cancellation of the ward congress.
They accused the National Caretaker Secretary, Senator John AkpanUdoedehe, of “fraudulently manipulating the lists to include only his loyalists as candidates for the wards and chapter congresses.”
But the PDP Youths Congress said it was shameful that Senator Akpabio, who while in PDP was a highly respected politician is today crying over APC ward congress “like a rat being pursued by a hungry cat.”
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by its Director of Communications and Mobilization, Comrade Akpan Ibor, the youths said more humiliation still awaits Akpabio in APC, unless he retraces his steps back to the PDP and apologises to the party members and supporters.
“What happened to Senator Godswill Akpabio is the beginning of the humiliation he will suffer in the APC. More will still come because by 2023, he won’t be able to field himself and any of his loyalists as candidates in APC.
“Imagine Akpabio having to organise a protest and set bonfire at the APC secretariat in Uyo over ward congress. Isn’t it shameful?
“That is what you get when you engage yourself in political harlotry, moving from your own political mansion to become a tenant in other people’s political boys quarters,” the group said.
It reasoned that if Akpabio had not defected to the APC out of political greed, he would still have remained in the Senate as the Minority Leader, a position it said is more honourable than that of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that he is holding now.
“As for us in the PDPYC, we don’t pity Akpabio and his likes. We only hope that others will learn from the political misfortune that is befalling him in APC,” it added.