Godswill Akpabio will join the governing APC this week, his ‘sins’ will be forgiven and he’ll be tasked with making the APC stronger in the senate.
These APC chaps are right on several scores. Akpabio’s defection is the equivalent of a big money, marquee signing in football. He comes with loads of experience, has numerous scalps to his name, he is the senate minority leader, when he coughs, Akwa Ibom and most of the South South sneezes and Akwa Ibom will jump from a 24-storey building if Akpabio barks the instruction—no questions asked.
Akpabio will be bringing that street smart intelligence, a roughshod disposition and grassroot appeal to the South South zone of the APC. He is also a money bag, warts and all.
He’s got bags of corruption allegations dangling round his neck from his days as governor, but if you go to Uyo Township today, you’d have no qualms settling for Akpabio as the best governor that State has ever produced. Akpabio is perhaps the one governor from an oil rich State who deployed derivation from oil revenues to erect landmark infrastructure in a bid to open up his State for business and commerce.
But Akpabio is not the cleanest politician in the land by a long shot. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is still investigating the senator for allegedly looting the sum of N108.1 billion while he was governor of Akwa Ibom.
Akpabio has also been accused of acquiring choice property across the country, namely: Plot 5 Okogosi Spring Close, off Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama-Abuja; a multi-billion naira mansionette at Plot 28 Colorado Close, Maitama, Abuja and another multi-billion naira mansion at 22 Probyn Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
At about 5:20pm of October 16, 2015, the EFCC arrested Akpabio over the alleged N108.1 billion theft.
In September of 2017, the EFCC revealed that it was investigating Akpabio over a N1.4billion gift to a bank.
An EFCC detective was quoted as saying at the time: “Among several allegations that are already in the public domain, the commission has made some progress in investigating the circumstances in which Apkabio, in 2013, paid N566, 883,728.66; N441,808,081.90; and N392, 631,943.37 as gifts to a new generation bank.”
It’s Akpabio today, it will be Akpororo tomorrow.
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