Former Senate Minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, called on Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign as the senate president honorably or be forced out of office. Akpabio called for Saraki’s resignation after the disagreement they had on Wednesday in the house over senator Akpabio’s seating position.
The senate was thrown into a rowdy session yesterday after the senate president asked senator Akpabio to move to the seat allocated to him in the senate before he could make any contribution.
Senator Akpabio was angered by senate president’s request and said that Saraki embarassed him by his comment. According to reports, Akpabio was still seating on the seat he was allocated when he was minority leader. APC and PDP senators for over 30 minutes engaged in war of words.
Speaking with journalists after the row had ended and the plenary was adjourned, Akpabio said APC is the majority party in the upper legislative chamber and there is a need to form a new leadership and asked Saraki to resign just like he did in August when he defected from PDP to APC.
“It’s a tradition all over the world that when you defect to another party even as a senate president like Saraki did, to resign from the office of the senate president. APC is still the majority party and they need to form a new leadership. The senate president should honourably resign just like I did. I moved to APC in national interest. I don’t believe in bringing government into being and will not support that government to succeed. In the last 16 years, I did not see one kilometre of road done by PDP government in Akwa Ibom state, but today, APC government is constructing the road from Akwa Ibom to Calabar. The road has been a death trap and I must thank this government for that. From the national and local perspectives, people look at me as a leader and I must tell you that in 2019, it would be difficult for any other party to penetrate the south-south.” he said