During his welcome rally, Akpabio kissed his wife to the cheering and excitement of politicians and followers at the rally.
Unlike many of the politicians that have dumped the All progressive Congress, APC, to join Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and vice versa, Akpabio added a twist to his welcome rally in Uyo, Akwa Ibom on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
During the rally, while speaking and appreciating his wife for always standing by and believing in him, the former Minority Leader kissed his wife to the cheers and excitement of politicians and followers at the stadium in Ikot Ekpene.
Akpabio has consistently displayed public affection for his wife, who turned 46 in June 2018.
On the former First lady of Akwa Ibom's 45th birthday, Akpabio took to his social media accounts to shower her with encomiums.
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He wrote, "My dear wife, Her Excellency, Ekaette Unoma Godswill Akpabio, words cannot describe my joy as you clock 45 years on earth today. The last 45 years of your life have been full of positive impact on humanity.
"Your love for Akwa Ibom women and children particularly during the eight years of my stewardship as Governor (2007 – 2015) will NEVER be forgotten.
"The widows you sheltered, the orphans you clothed and cared for, the vulnerables you spent personal resources on both in and out of the country to enhance their living standards and provide good health for, are celebrating you today at 45.
"On behalf of myself, our children: Iniabasi, Ekomobong, Enoabasi, Idaraobong and Ubongabasi, the good people of Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom North-West., I wish you a happy 45th birthday anniversary. May God grant you many more years on earth to celebrate Him and your adorable Mother – The Blessed Virgin Mary- Mother of God. Love you forever. Senator (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, CON"
Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North-West) has officially dumped the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives' Congress (APC) on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
The former Akwa Ibom State governor announced his defection to hundreds of supporters at a rally held in his honour in Ikot Ikpene.
The lawmaker's defection has long been expected since he met with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, within the past six days.
Tinubu, APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, were some of the top officials who graced the rally on Wednesday.