What did Sen. Akpabio mean when he said PDP did nothing for Nigerians during their 16 years in power?


Senator Godswill Akpabio has been quoted to say that the PDP did nothing to improve the welfare of Nigerians during their 16 years in power.

He said this during the official reception of members of PDP who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Nsit Atai Local Government Area of the state.

“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.

Sen. Akpabio said the above to the same PDP members who are now defecting to the ruling APC.

We are not sure if Akpabio’s last sentence was a slip of tongue or not. We’re mostly confused because Akpabio started out in PDP, was governor of Akwa Ibom State for 8 years as a PDP member, got a chance to serve in the Nigerian Senate as a PDP member and only left the PDP a few months ago to join the opposition APC.

Did he mean that the federal government under the PDP cared less about the people of Akwa Ibom, and Nigerians at large? If that is what he meant, could he not do so as state governor?

As governor for 8 years, he had the opportunity to make a difference. He also was in the best position to improve the welfare of the Akwa Ibom people. But whether he did that or not now, no longer matters, because because of the statement above. Could Senator Akpabio in effect be saying, “I did not improve the lives of Akwa Ibom people while I was governor for 8 years because I was a member of the PDP then? If that is the case, then is he free of accusation?

If this is what politics means to Nigerian politicians, then they are obviously getting it wrong. Playing with the intelligence of Nigerians is totally unacceptable. Senator Akpabio has disappointed himself, the APC and Nigerians entirely.

Still we want to know what you think.

What did Sen. Akpabio mean when he said the PDP did nothing for Nigerians during their 16 years in power?