Senator Godswill Akpabio who recently won a court case that led to his inclusion on the ballot for the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District election has said that he will not be involved in choppings, as he gets back into the senate.
Akpabio was in the senate in 2015 and served for four years but failed to return in 2019 after defecting to the APC. He was compensated with a ministerial appointment by the Muhammadu Buhari government, a position he held before resigning to contest the 2023 presidential primary election of the APC. He lost out, though.
Not ready to say outside the corridors of power believed to be the centre of choppings, Akpabio had fought hard to secure the APC ticket for the senate election. A former deputy inspector-general of police, Udom Ekpoudom who was earlier recognised by INEC as winner of the APC primaries, is still contesting with him in court.
The court of appeal is yet to decide on this. But Akpabio does not seem ready to surrender the ticket which the lower court gave to him, to Ekpoudom.
On Tuesday, his aide, Jackson Udom made a whatsapp post where he quoted Akpabio as saying that the former minister of Niger Delta will not chop when he gets to the senate.
“ Akpabio not going to senate to chop but to give his people quality and result oriented representation. Those who are clamouring for people to go to senate to chop, are anti people and service delivery”
He however did not say at what forum Akpabio made the statement and why. But Akpabio as minister of Niger Delta has come under serious attacks for allegedly controlling the NDDC finances and preventing the commission from being run in line with the laws.
When the National Assembly attempted to probe the activities of the NDDC under Akpabio, some shocking revelations were made of how choppings were enjoyed by Akpabio and the people around him.