Senator Godswill Akpabio wants his colleagues who defected to another party to emulate him by resigning from their leadership positions in the Senate, Punch is reporting.
The former Minority Leader of the Senate who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress, made this comment at the end of a chaotic plenary session on Wednesday, and pressmen believe that this was a diss targeting the likes of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who also defected from the APC to the PDP and is the only one left in the leadership of the Senate.
“I moved from the PDP to the APC, to make sure that this government works before the election. It should not be all about the election; it should be first about Nigeria. Let others also move in the national interest,” said Akpabio, adding, “I did not just move like that, I was a (Minority) Leader in the Senate. I resigned my position in order to show that, yes, I meant business. Let others who also have positions in the Senate who wish to also cross carpet from one political party to another also resign their positions and take a cue from what Godswill Akpabio did.”
Akpabio continued, stating that the sitting arrangement in the Senate chamber must be restructured to reflect the party configuration.
“There is the need for us to restructure the Senate. Behind where I sat today, my very good friend, distinguished Senator (Ubali) Shittu; it was after the little noise in the Senate that he told me that he was now in the PDP and I said ‘why are you sitting here?’ Don’t you think there is the need for us to restructure the Senate? The PDP will sit on a side, APGA will sit where they are supposed to, and the ruling party which still forms the majority will still sit where they are supposed to sit,” he added.
It is worthy to note that the plans to impeach the Senate President had long been suspended.