Former Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, has said he never believed in his former party’s presidential candidate, Goodluck Jonathan but instead supported President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 election.
He disclosed this during a meeting of elders and leaders of Akwa Ibom State with Buhari in Abuja on Monday.
“In 2015, we had a son of the Niger Delta, former President Goodluck Jonathan, contesting the election and I was also a chieftain of the PDP. I was also the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum,” Apkabio said
“So, in spite of the fact that I believed strongly that the current president needed to be supported, there was no way I could play anti-party activity in 2015. So, I voted for PDP,” he claimed.
Akpabio, last month defected from the Nigeria opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He further stated that he was compelled to vote for Jonathan because the former President is from the Niger Delta and he did not want to engage in anti-party activities as a PDP governor and also the chairman of PDP governors’ forum at the time.
The former minority leader claimed he is finally where his soul and spirit belongs since 2015, he could freely express his interest at the 2019 polls without fear or favour.
“But today, I am at liberty to exercise my franchise and that means I am with my body and soul – that is, with my supporters and my family – and as a leader, we are going out there en masse, in our thousands to cast our votes for the president in 2019 and I am saying this with emphasis,” he said.
Akpabio assured Buhari of total support from the people of Akwa Ibom State and affirmed that the State will be first to be won by the APC in the South-south at the forthcoming 2019 general election. He added that Buhari will win the state by a landslide.