Akpabio said this while speaking at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP in Abuja on Thursday.
“As I speak, so many senators from the ruling party are eager to join PDP. All they want is a return of peace to the party. Once that is done I can assure you that 20 senators are on their way to joining the PDP.”
He added that the internal crisis within the PDP led to the loss in Ondo and Edo States governorship elections.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said those who defected from the PDP were after contracts and employment opportunities.
“We should allow them to get the contract they are looking for, to get employment they are looking for. At the appropriate time, we would know who is who in the South -East. There is nothing to worry about, we are completely in control.”
PDP recently suffered another setback as its member and former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Nnamani who disclosed this on Sunday explained that his joining the APC was because of intense demand from his constituents. All politics is local,” said “I have to do what my constituents demanded by joining the APC at ward level.”
Ken Nnamani, who led the Senate from 2005 to 2007 as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, quoted a former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neil to support his argument for joining the APC
Nnamani registered as a member of the APC in Amechi-Uwani, Enugu south local government area of Enugu state. Chairman of the Enugu chapter of the APC, Ben Nwoye, had earlier advised politicians in the state to take advantage of the three weeks set aside for the registration of APC members in the south-east.
Nwoye also told journalists that his party was expecting the influx of old and new politicians from PDP.
“We have worked tirelessly since 2016 to build our structure, as well as convince these politicians to join us for a better Nigerian.
“As it stands, we want the world to know that the PDP is in comatose in Enugu state, and we are fully prepared to wrestle power from them in 2019, because we have the structure.
“You will quite agree with me that all those politicians that made PDP tick in Enugu state in the past, including former governor of old Anambra state and ex- senator, Ifeanyichukwu Jim Nwobodo have all dumped the opposition party, for APC.”
Elected to the upper chamber of the national assembly in 2003, Nnamani emerged senate president in 2005, and held the position until 2007. He had been a member of the PDP since it was founded in 1998 until February 2016 when he abruptly severed ties with the party.
“I do not believe I should continue to be a member of the PDP as it is defined today,” Mr. Nnamani said at the time. “This is certainly not the party I joined years ago to help change my country.”
In October, the Federal Government named him head of a 24-man electoral reform committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.