Godswill Akpabio.                                                                                                                                 Picture: Dailypost

Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom/North-west), the House minority leader, has reiterated the strength of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and dispelled rumours of its waning influence.

He said the party ranks would swell soon with the addition of 20 members from the opposition, APC.

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This was disclosed on Thursday at the Expanded Caucus and the 73rd National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the PDP.

The lawmaker downplayed the effect of defections from the party as he held that the PDP still had a significant number of lawmakers as it was winning more seats.

He boasted that “there is no election that will be conducted in the former PDP 28 states that the party will not win. That is a matter of fact.

Touching on the APC senators who are willing to defect, Akpabio said all that is delaying their cross-carpeting is the non-resolution of the leadership crisis in the PDP. Once this is done, they would gladly join, he said.

Akpabio also urged PDP members to emulate the governor of Ekiti state, Dr Ayodele Fayose’s constant support for the party and speaking in support of it.

Fayose, chairman of the PDP Governors’forum, expressed bemusement at the rash of defections by PDP members to APC.

Speaking on the same issue, Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu/Enugu-west), the Deputy Senate President, said the defectors have no electoral value and would return to the fold once they have got the pecuniary gains they defected for.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, while briefing newsmen after the meeting, said the leaders agreed to the expansion of the membership of the national caretaker committee to 13 from six and members would be selected from each of the six geo-political zones of the country.