Senator Godswill Akpabio is talking tough even as he has vowed that the victory of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State in the 2019 elections is non-negotiable.
The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West said he had no doubt that with the massive support and commitment of party members, victory for the APC was a done deal and the PDP will definitely take the back seat.
Akpabio said this over the weekend in his country home Ukana, in Essien Udim Local Government Area, while addressing his supporters at the inauguration of his senatorial election campaign.
He said, “Akwa Ibom today is 98% for APC. It is not about me but God. Because you people are praying to God to save Akwa Ibom from the misrule of the PDP, we shall continue like this until victory is ours in 2019.
“Even the blind man can see already that the APC will win convincingly at the centre, in the state and at the House of Assembly.”
The former Senate Minority Leader said people of the state were appreciative of President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in infrastructural development and the various appointments the administration had offered people from the state.
He said the only way the state could reciprocate the gesture was to vote massively for the re-election of the President and all candidates of the party.
Akpabio, who is a former governor of the state, berated his successor, Udom Emmanuel, for non-performance.
He said he was sad that after almost four years, the governor could not boast of any tangible project he initiated and completed.
He said he was shocked that Udom, whom he brought from Lagos to become governor despite not being a member of the party, could address a press conference to insult him.
Taking a swipe at the governor over what he perceived as his hypocritical campaign slogan tagged, “Only God,” Akpabio said God could not be mocked.
He said, “Only God could have made it possible for someone who was never a party member to become governor. Only God could have made it possible for someone who has no party card or know what is called a ward to become governor.
“Only God could have made someone who could not have stood election on his own even as a councillor and win to be brought from somewhere and be made governor.”
He, however, urged his supporters not to be bothered by the governor’s antics but should respond appropriately through the ballot paper by voting against the PDP administration.
If indeed Akpabio pulls enough stunts to win Akwa Ibom for APC, he would be seen as a big asset for the ruling party indeed.