This news medium had reported that Akapio who is now a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said he left the PDP because he was threatened with expulsion.
However, while speaking on Wednesday in Uyo, the Legal Adviser of the PDP in Akwa Ibom State Goddy Umoh, described Akpabio’s comment as unfortunate.
“What we know is defection and that is exactly what he (Akpabio) did. He wrote a letter to the party that he was not willing to belong to PDP again,” he told pressmen in a chat.
“It was the news all over the country. For him to talk of movement today, ordinarily he has capsized like a very bad boat.”
On the flooding in PDP as presumed by Akpabio said, “If he is talking about flood in terms of water, I might not be in position to speak on that because I’m not living there.
“But if he is talking about political flood, it is very faulty for anybody to say that the party was flooded and he never at any point in time came back to us to say that he was no longer interested.
“It is on record that the first undertaking of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to give Sen. Akpabio the mandate was at his house in Ukana and I read on behalf of the people of the district by the stakeholders.
“We gave him the mandate, only to wake up one morning to hear that he has left the party.
“If that is what he calls movement, it is conjectures in terms of terms. There is nothing like movement. It is either you defect or decamp in the manner we all understand.
“Certainly, what he did was not known to anybody in the party.
“After the Sheriff’s incident, the PDP as a party became stronger than any other party. So it is ridiculous for anybody to say that there was flood in the party.”
This is as he noted, however, that Akpabio has a choice to either leave the party or stay and as such, did nothing wrong by joining the APC.