Former minority leader and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Godswill Akpabio has revealed that one of the major reasons he joined the party was to join hands with Buhari in fighting corruption and poverty.
After attending his first APC caucus meeting on Tuesday, Akpabio described Buhari as an infectious personality whose unblemished character could attract millions of people to him.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State also spoke on some of the resolutions reached at the meeting. He said,
“whichever way the party goes in choosing candidates for the 2019 general elections, the party would be the better for it.”
He added, “The meeting went very well and a lot of topical issues were discussed bothering on the interests of the nation. The resolutions are fantastic and I believe that the resolutions will not only move the party forward but will help to alleviate the situation in the country today and Nigerians will be happy for it.”
Fielding more questions from journalists, he continued,
Well, you want me to talk from the position of an opposition leader before? Let me say that the first thing you need to know about the APC, from the point of view of leadership, I am quite impressed the President has kept his integrity intact.
“He has been able to improve the image of Nigeria and restore a lot of respect to Nigeria from the international community.
“I have also advocated that he also fights the twin brother of corruption, that is poverty.
“I am joining the APC as a government to stabilize the government and to assist the government to create employment opportunities for Nigerians so that we can fight the twin brother to corruption, which is poverty.
“Poverty creates corruption and corruption deepens poverty, so we need to fight the two together, that is one of the things I find attractive with the APC and believe me with my people in Akwa Ibom State, with my presence in the APC my people in South South have now seen the light and they say APC is the party to vote for come 2019.”
Akpabio who has been holding one political position or the other under the platform of the PDP since 1999 recently defected to the APC after an irreconcillable difference with the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, a man he claimed he regretted imposing on the people of the state.
Also, Akpabio who claims to help the President in fighting corruption has some corruption allegations yet unsettled with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).