Chief Nduese Essien, former minister of lands and housing, had before then been the leader of the South-South Caucus in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2007. Akpabio He is presently the leader of the PDP in Eket Senatorial District. In this interview, the normally reserved gentleman ventilates what he asserts as the anger and disappointment of Akwa Ibom people with the defection of Senator Godswill Akpabio. By Chioma Onuegbu Excerpts: There are speculations that Akwa Ibom is now going to be APC, do you agree with this? Well to some extent what happened at the time he left, people thought that he was influential in Akwa Ibom. Grant it to him, he was influential, but since then, his popularity has waned. Right now the party in Akwa Ibom is even happy that he left and a lot of people who are in the other party are beginning to return to the PDP. There are allegations among APC Stakeholders that this governor has not performed, how to you react to this? I think that is mere propaganda to bring down the governor and his government. The governor was handicapped initially by what he found on ground. The state was heavily indebted and he has to try to find a way of clearing this debt before embarking on his own projects, and he had to do this without having to hurt the person that brought him into office. So all along, for the past three years he has been trying to play this balancing act of trying to create projects without hurting the person that brought him into office.