Akpabio, is the immediate past former governor of Akwa Ibom State and currently representing Akwa Ibom North West otherwise called Ikot Ekpene senatorial distinct. He defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) on August 8, 2018, after resigning at the Senate Minority Leader.
But reacting to a recent court ruling which held that Akpabio only defected after he had been expelled from the party at the ward level, the PDP in Akwa Ibom State said if Akpabio was still in love with the PDP based on his body language, then he had to purge himself of all anti-party activities.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Ini Ememobong said:
” PDP is like the Kingdom of God which accepts everybody that has shown true repentance. The only difference is that we don’t have a place where we ask one to go and undergo baptism to wash themselves clean.
“So if he is still in love with the party, he has to show some characteristics consistent with our philosophy and that must be seen by everybody. We don’t chase people away. And we don’t expel people from the party without due process. But we don’t accept people who work against our collective interest as he has been doing since his defection.
“We never expelled him in the first place. All of us here know that based on the kind of person Senator Akpabio is, if the party had expelled him today, the next day CNN and BBC could have carried the report,” the party spokesman said.