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Akpabio Senator resigns as Minority Leader as defection to APC nears

He thanked the PDP for giving him the opportunity to lead the party's caucus for the past three years.

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Akpabio resigns as Senate Minority Leader, APC defection nears play Senator Akpabio recently met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London ahead of a planned defection to the APC (Twitter/@toluogunlesi)

Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North West - PDP) has resigned as the Minority Leader of the 8th Senate as he closes down on an expected defection to the ruling All Progressives' Congress (APC).

In a statement signed by the former Akwa Ibom governor's spokesperson, Jackson Udom, he said the lawmaker addressed his resignation letter to Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South - PDP).

In the letter, dated August 4, 2018, Akpabio thanked the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for giving him the opportunity to lead the party's caucus for the past three years.

The letter read, "May I extend to you and my dear colleagues in the People's Democratic Party Senate Caucus of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the compliments and best wishes of my constituents and I.

"This letter is to formally inform you of my resignation as the Senate Minority Leader with effect from August 4, 2018.

"Let me thank the Senate minotiry leadership, our distinguished colleagues and our great party, the PDP, for the opportunity to lead the Caucus in the last three years."

The lawmaker is expected to dump the PDP for the ruling APC on Wednesday, August 8, and he's met with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, in the past five days.

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