Akpabio: PDP will resist any threat to unity of Nigeria

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THE Minority Leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will not support any separatist agenda in the country.
Speaking Saturday at the Non-Elective Convention of the PDP in Abuja, Akpabio said that the party would continue to promote anything that would forster the peace and unity of the country.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom State, also condemned hate speeches in some parts of the country, saying that the unity of the country was non-negotiable.
He assured of the PDP’s support to policies of the present administration, which were aimed at taking the country out of recession while the party would oppose any policy that would plunge the country into depression.
While noting that the party would always support any campaign against corruption, Akpabio pointed out that it was a PDP government that established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He said: “Corruption is endemic and it was brought about by the colonial masters.
“In 1960 when the Governor-General of Nigeria was handing over to the elected government of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, one of the things he said was that the problem of Nigeria was corruption.
“So, it is not a Nigerian invention and PDP has been fighting it.
“However, we must distinguish between the fight against corruption and the fight against political opponents.
“We must distinguish between fighting corruption and persecution. They are two different things.”
He lauded the Supreme Court judgment on the leadership of the PDP, and said that the judiciary restored sanity in the party.
According to him, with that judgment, the party was poised to act as a viable opposition, while working towards ensuring good governance.
He added:
“Nigeria, a country with the population of over 170 million people cannot afford to disintegrate.
“The only way the black race can have respect (for us) is for Nigeria to have a stable democracy and the only thing that shows democracy is the legislature.
“The legislature represents democracy and that is what the PDP stands for.”
Akpabio assured party members who had defected to other parties that its doors were open to accommodate them on their return while assuring the chairman and members of the National Caretaker Committee of the support of the senators.

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