- Godswill Akpabio says any attempt to declare his seat at the Senate vacant will not work
- Akpabio says if his seat must be declared vacant, those who defected to the APC from PDP must also face the same fate
- The former Senate minority leader says he is not aware of alleged threats by Oshiomhole that he would ensure the impeachment of Saraki
The former minority leader at the Nigerian Senate, Godswill Akpabio, who recently dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to an alleged plan to declare his seat vacant.
The Akwa Ibom senator declared on Monday, August 13, that any move to declare his seat vacant in the Senate will prove abortive.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akpabio said he was yet to hear about the plan to declare his seat vacant.
He, however, said if his seat must be declared vacant, the seats of those, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), should also be declared vacant.
According to him, if the excuse of those calling for his seat to be declared vacant is that there is no rancour in PDP to warrant his defection, they should also know there is no rancour in APC.
“Any defection from APC to PDP, we will like to declare those seats vacant.
“As you are looking at me, do I look perturbed? I have not heard the report.
“I think that is a rumour because at the moment there is no division in the APC. The APC is one family.
“If you hear about R-APC that was not really a political party, that was not a division.
“It has since been consumed in what they call coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
Concerning the threat by APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to get the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki impeached, Akpabio said he was not aware of that.
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“I just came in from Ikot-Ekpene, where I decided with my people to join APC. I’m yet to be briefed on any of those items. I have not heard anything.
“Why don’t you wait for me to formally talk to you? I believe that when the National Assembly resumes you will hear from me directly. So, exercise patience,’’ he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) criticised Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for reportedly wooing its members.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP describes the move as “a failed antic of an apprehended and deflated felon.”
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