According to reports, tensions are running high as pro and anti-Akpabio forces lock horns over the possibility of Senate President Godswill Akpabio facing impeachment. Recent reports have shed light on the underlying issues fueling this political showdown.
While initial reports suggested that northern senators were spearheading the impeachment drive against Akpabio, insiders have now revealed that the conflict runs deeper, affecting senators from various regions.
Responding to the turmoil, the Senate issued a statement asserting its unity and dismissing impeachment rumors as mere “imaginative composition.” The Senate urged for a focus on national matters.
The controversy began with reports of certain senators preparing to push for Akpabio’s impeachment when the upper chamber reconvenes on September 26. Accusations against Akpabio include allegations that he has prioritized serving President Bola Tinubu’s interests over those of senators and the Nigerian people.
Among the grievances aired by the senators, the contentious distribution of committee leadership positions was a significant point of contention. Critics claim that Akpabio favored his loyalists with chairmanships and vice-chairmanships in influential committees, leaving other senators feeling marginalized.
Sen. Ishaku Abbo, representing Adamawa North, speaking on behalf of his aggrieved colleagues, asserted that Akpabio’s approach to committee appointments sowed discord within the Senate. He questioned the fairness of the allocations and the lack of unity in the distribution of roles.
Abbo also alleged that Akpabio’s camp sought to pit President Bola Tinubu against the northern senators, further escalating tensions within the Senate.
Another source of discontent among senators was the handling of ministerial clearance by Akpabio. Senators claimed that they were left uninformed about security clearance decisions, raising questions about transparency and accountability in the process.
As the situation continues to unfold, Akpabio has dismissed impeachment reports as uncharitable, advising against giving attention to the disgruntled senators. He labeled the reports as malicious and unkind.
The Senate, through its Committee on Media and Publicity, also issued a statement cautioning against “satanic verses” in the media regarding alleged leadership change plots. The Senate urged those outside its ranks to refrain from sowing discord and disrupting Nigeria’s democracy.
This development adds a new layer of complexity to Nigerian politics and marks a tumultuous chapter in the tenure of Senate President Godswill Akpabio. Past Senate Presidents have faced similar challenges, with some being impeached or compelled to resign amid controversy. The situation underscores the significance of political dynamics within Nigeria’s legislative branch.