When he announced his change in camp to the ruling party APC months back from PDP, many never knew he would gravitate so speedily in a party he was freshly coming into.
But recent facts emerging about this Akwa Ibom ipso facto political kingmker have been proving pundits wrong about their assessment of Obong Godswill Akpabio, and this is without any fear of contradiction or doubt. Godswill Akpabio, a former two-time governor of the state and now a serving senator, has been pulling all the strings in his arsenal to ensure the APC’s stronger presence in the state, as opposed to his erstwhile party, PDP, which he has vowed to beat hands down, come the 2019 general elections. As you are reading this, the Nigeria Media watch has reiterated Senator Godswill Akpabio's public image standing on the social media as having increased from a low 45% two months ago to 69% as at the 5th of November 2018. This we can concur as an astronomical rise in acceptability for someone who was coming from the opposition, despite all the shenanegans that have been deployed by his former party to denigrade him. Again, Akpabio’s new-found chemistry with President Muhammadu Buhari is daily gaining momentum and the indications are that the man may have found a new and better nest in the APC. His face-off with the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel, notwithstanding, Akpabio is daily proving that his wishes and desires in the state can not just be wished away, incumbency or no incumbency, as he undesratands the nitty-gritty of politics in the state like the back of his palm. Little wonder, his surrogate and APC governorship candidate for the state in 2019, Nsima Ekere, appears to be wallowing in his awaited-victory at the polls, all things being equal. Akpabio has since defecting to APC, whittled down the almighty power and stronghold of the PDP in the state, that many are now beginning to play down on the invincibility of Udom Emmanuel and PDP in the state, which is now giving them a deep source of concern. As a political grandmaster, Akpabio knows how to take the battle to the opponent without being scathed and this is exactly what he ahs been doing since he took over the hitherto dysfunctional APC structure in the state. Today, many of his disciples in the Udom’s administartion have since opted out to join their master and have been rooting to kick out the man who they believed is trying to back the fingers that fed him, without minding whose ox is gored. Akpabio’s supremacy is in the political terrian of the state is like that of a moving train, and anyone who attempts to come in its way may just find him or herself to blame. It’s about absolute loyalty and untainted to commitment to a good cause, which Akpabio has been daily advancing since he changed ship. It is an attestation to his accelerated inrease in his media watch on all fronts, especially on the social media, and it is still not abating. Truth be told, the Udom camp must be having a lot to grapple with on their drawing board right now, if at all they are thinking of Akpabio’s mounting mobility and increasing popularity.