Few days after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja dismissed a case seeking to declare the seat of the former Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio vacant, after he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Akwa Ibom state Chapter of the party says it neither suspended nor expelled the senator as the court held.
The court had ruled that since Akpabio was expelled by the party, his seat could no longer be declared vacant since his defection was not self-engineered.
Reacting, the party in a statement issued by the state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Ini Ememobong, said the ruling by Justice Okon Abang was done in bad faith as Akpabio was not expelled as the court held.
“We state that nothing can be farther from the truth than the transparent lie of expulsion shamelessly spewed by Chief Akpabio. We make bold to state that at no time was Akpabio suspended or expelled from the party. Akpabio Akpabio
“Akpabio had announced to the world on August 8, 2018, that he was defecting from PDP to APC in pursuit of national interest and to stem the tide of defections at the National Assembly.
“In fact, at different campaigns, he mocked PDP as being empty since his uncommon defection. At no time did he mention the issue of expulsion, which has now become his creation as a lame defense to keep his seat.”