- There is an ongoing plot in the Senate caucus of the PDP to remove Senator Godswill Akpabio as the minority leader
- The plot is said to have gained momentum in the last two weeks
- Akpabio was elected as the Senate minority leader at the inception of the eighth assembly
There are alleged moves by Senate caucus of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to remove Senator Godswill Akpabio as the minority leader, This Day reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that there is an ongoing plot within the caucus to replace the minority leader over allegations that he has not been properly steering the opposition to play its rightful role.
It was alleged that the plot has been thickening in the last couple of months, but has gained momentum in the last two weeks. However, it has not been fully set in motion as those behind the plot are still undecided on his replacement.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom state, was elected as the Senate minority leader at the inception of the eighth assembly despite being a first time senator.
Akpabio is also being accused of not being vocal enough in opposing unpopular policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The party national leadership had already intervened to avoid another crisis among its members.
Two weeks ago a meeting was held and it ended with a resolution to maintain status quo. However, last week, some members of the caucus, held a meeting, with the plan to go ahead with his removal and replacement.
One of the disgruntled senators, said Akpabio’s manner of heading the opposition, has turned the PDP caucus into a laughing stock among their All Progressives Congress (APC) colleagues.
“The APC senators do not even consider us to be an opposition party, its like we are weaklings who can barely voice our opposition to this government, but the opposition caucus in the National Assembly, is supposed to be vibrant,” he said.
Another senator said: “He handles that position as if it is a ceremonial one, it is not. It is supposed to be for a vibrant person, who is always ready to tackle issues. The PDP caucus in the House of Representatives is much more vibrant.
“Actually we do not need the party to remove any of our executive. There is procedure for that, we secure a simple majority, sign and send a formal notice to the president of the Senate."
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Akwa Ibom state government has reportedly blocked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for seven times, from investigating former governor of the state, Godswill Akpabio.
The Senate minority leader is under probe for alleged diversion of public funds and corrupt practices reported to the EFCC through several petitions by Leo Ekpenyong, a lawyer.
Ekpenyong claimed that Akpabio allegedly devised a means of enriching himself at the expense of the state.
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