The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, has alleged that he was offered N2 billion and the deputy governorship slot in his state to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.
Luke spoke during a solidarity rally for the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel and Senator from the state, Bassey Albert in Uyo, the state capital.
The Akwa Ibom State speaker, who refused to mention who made the offer, stressed that he was told that the President had sent words for him to become the deputy governor of the state.
His words: “They said the President had sent words for me to become the deputy governor. They offered me N2bn, but I said no. If you like, offer me N10bn, mine is no.
Speaking on Senator Akpabio’s defection, Luke stressed that the action was borne out of personal interest.
The Akwa Ibom State speaker insisted that the defection was aimed at grabbing and sharing power.
“They have no plan for us and no plans for the future of our state. It was all about them. It was only about power grabbing and power-sharing, but by God’s amazing grace, we will overcome them,” Luke said.
Political Stew recalls that Senator Akpabio dumped the PDP for the APC on Wednesday, August 8.
The Akwa Ibom North West lawmaker was welcomed to the ruling party at a rally organised for him by the Akwa Ibom State chapter of the APC.
Among Senators in attendance to welcome the Akwa Ibom North West lawmaker were: Abdullahi Yahaya, Abdullahi Gumel from Jigawa State, Muhammed Sani from Niger State, Gbenga Ashafa from Lagos State and Former Nasarawa Governor, Abdullahi Adamu.
Others were: Senators Abubakar Kyari from Borno State, Babajide Omoworare from Osun State, Magnus Abe from Rivers, Mao Ohabunwa from Edo and Nelson Efiong from Akwa Ibom.