Diverse reactions have continued to trail APC’s claims of receiving in-bound political ‘decampees’. The latest and most interesting has come from Senator Godswill Akpabio, the immediate past Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
He described the said ‘decampees’ as inconsistent, unprincipled, disloyal and motivated by ‘stomach infrastructure’.
“Stomach infrastructure politicians have no principles. They will always try to move and dance to the time and those people have no ideologies, so you cannot stop such people…” He said.
The Senate Minority Leader however maintained that there are no decampees from the PDP to APC in Akwa Ibom as claimed by APC spokespersons. He insists;
“The PDP in Akwa Ibom is still very intact. The people that they write in the newspapers and say they are defecting, are people who have always been members of the APC…they even wrote names of people who contested senate seats, house of reps, state houses of assembly and lost as defectees; and they now claim they have defected. How can they be defecting when they have always been there?
It is all a question of propaganda: attempting to deceive people that there is mass movement from the PDP when there is no such thing. The PDP is intact and Akwa Ibom is hundred percent PDP.”
The expression ‘Stomach Infrastructure’ found its way into the Nigerian political lexicon during Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State’s election campaign in 2014. Although Mr Fayose insists that the principle goes beyond using foodstuff to entice voters, to providing people-focused governance; the word has transmuted in meaning into the practice of self-serving politicians drifting towards political affiliations perceived to offer more.
Senator Akpabio, who won worldwide acclaim for revolutionary development of infrastructure as governor of Akwa Ibom State between 2007 and 2015, did, in the broadcast, affirm his belief in the dynamism of politics and the right for politicians to migrate from party to party; but insists that he chooses to stay loyal to one party.
“I believe that politics is dynamic and people have a right to move from one party to the other if they so wish. I stay where I am staying because I believe in loyalty. I believe in consistency, so I remain loyal to my party and consistent”.