Akpabio who was a member of PDP until August this year when he defected to APC, said this during the official reception of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He condemned the members of the opposition party in the state for destroying the campaign billboards of APC members
“If you look outside this venue, you’ll see the posters of the outgoing governor, Udom Emmanuel, they are not torn. It shows that APC is a peaceful party. While coming down here, along the Airport Road, you will notice that the billboards of the APC are all torn. We are for peace, Nsit Atai is for peace. Let me assure us all that they can only tear your posters and billboards but they cannot tear your votes come 2019. Akwa Ibom people have benefited from the Federal Government through employment, projects, and social intervention programmes like N-Power and PDP did nothing for the state in 16 years.’’ he said
Those who defected include Leader of the PDP, Obong Sunday Elijah, former Council Chairman; Mr. Sunday Osom; former House of Assembly member, Mr. Asuquo Udo and Sarah Elijah, and 50 executive members of wards. Solidarity speeches were also made by a former Military Governor of Rivers State and Ogun State, Group Captain Sam Enwang (retd.), deputy governorship candidate, Dr. Amadu Atai and APC flagbearer in Uyo Federal Constituency, Mr. Ekerete Ekpenyong among others.