June 25, 2024

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Akpabio fights his Senate presidency wars with rancour for APC

TROUBLE may be simmering in the inner core of the ruling All Progressivs’ Congress (APC) main arteries.
Some ranking party-men, like Sen. Elisha Abbo, say that Senate president Godswill Akpabio is “traitorous.”
Now, Akpabio has deployed his media machine to heat up the altercation.
Eseme Eyiboh, special adviser on media and publicity (official spokesperson to the President of the Senate and similar in political ranking to a minister) has strongly rejected claims by Abbo that Akpabio influenced the judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked Abbo from the Senate.
Abbo, hours after the court nullified his election into the Senate, had alleged that his sack on Monday, October 16, 2023, was due to power-play in the Senate.
He claims that four other senators including Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia-North district, have also been penciled down for removal from the Senate over their non-support of Akpabio’s senate presidency.
Abbo (Adamawa-North) claims that Uzor Kalu is one of five senators set to be butted out of the red chamber for not supporting Akpabio’s bid.
But, in a statement, Akpabio’s Eyiboh says he is “shocked” at the assertions of the Adamawa-North senator, which he describes as delinquent, provocative and unbecoming of a “Distinguished Senator.”
“It is only a diseased and uninformed mind that will not believe that the outcome of any court proceeding is a function of the evaluation of facts and evidence within the province of the rule of law.
“It is uncharitable for Sen. Abbo to pour his frustrations on Sen. Akpabio or anyone else and his action betrays the bile he has for Sen. Akpabio.
“Democracy is founded in [sic] the rule of law, so for anybody to accuse one of the strong agents of democracy and governance in the mould of Sen. Godswill Akpabio, such an individual must be a monument to [sic] self-pity and his swansong a discordant escape from reality.”
Eyiboh claims that, “Sen. Akpabio for emphasis has no ill-will towards any of his distinguished colleagues and as he has said in the past, the embers [sic!] of the leadership election have been buried and replaced by the fraternal bond of nation building he shares with the overwhelming majority of senators.”