Saraki Scorns Akpabio, Orders Him Off Senate Leader’s Seat
Former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, has lost his value at the Nigeria Senate as he was denied chance to speak during Plenary held on Wednesday.
Trouble started when Akpabio, All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom North West, who had gone to the front row to make use of the seat of the former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, and requested for recognition to speak.
But the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, refused him on the grounds that he cannot speak, using another Senator’s microphone.
Saraki refused Akpabio to use the Microphone of Senator Ali Ndume, just as he said that since the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State was sitting on a seat where there was no microphone, there was no way he would be allowed to raise any issue there.
According to Saraki, Akpabio can also not speak from a seat where there was no Microphone.
Akpabio stood up to speak shortly after the Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akwa Ibom North East, had raised the alarm of alleged plans by the APC in the State to cause mayhem and to ensure that the 2019 general elections do not hold in the state which has, before now, been adjudged one of the most peaceful states in the country.
This however threw the hallowed chamber into more than twenty-five minutes rowdiness as the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Senator Emmanuel Paulker who made frantic efforts to speak on the issue could not speak.
All frantic efforts for Akpabio to speak was abortive as he stood there while the microphone was shut down.
Akpabio resigned his office as Senate Minority Leader in August having defected from PDP for the APC.