Former minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, representing Akwa Ibom north-west, has said that Senate President Bukola Saraki should resign his position.
Senator Akpabio, who is also the former governor of Akwa Ibom state and recently decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated this on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 after he had a disagreement with the Senator Saraki in the senate chamber over sitting arrangement.
The disagreement occurred following the accusation by Senator Albert Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom north-east that the APC in the state is plotting to create chaos ahead of the governorship election.
When Senator Akpabio moved to respond to the allegation, the senate president said he should speak from the seat assigned to him by Nelson Ayewoh, clerk of the senate.
After plenary, Senator Akpabio spoke with journalists and said APC is the majority party in the senate and that there is a need to form a new leadership and therefore requested that Senator Saraki should resign honourably as he did. He said that:
“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”.
He further said that national interest informed his decision to move from the PDP to the APC.
“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”.