Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, Monday opined that the gale of defections that recently hit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was in an attempt to undermine the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Featuring on Channels Television’s Roadmap, the former minority leader said the defections from the APC were not in national interest.
Key members of the party including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Former Governor of Kano, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and a host of others defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Immediately after their defection, Akpabio also took flight from the PDP to the APC due to what insiders called “irreconcillable differences” between him and his state governor, Udom Emmanuel.
“For me, I saw a situation where the ruling party was not only being distracted but the movements were capable of bringing down the government.
“We need to have Nigeria before we can have the election. These things are as a result of continuous conspiracies against government and all sorts of things.
“I don’t think that the movements that we saw from the APC to my then party were prompted by national interest, I think most of those things were based on the personal interest of individuals.
“I just assessed the situation and I said I needed to contribute my quota towards stabilising the situation; towards ensuring that people realise that it wasn’t all about a conspiracy to bring down a government but to conspire to resolve the security situation,” he opined.