NADECO seeks Akpabio’s resignation, slams leadership style
The National Democratic Coalition in the United States has slammed the leadership style of the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.
This is as the group alleged that Akpabio lacked empathy for the suffering of the Nigerians.
The pro-democracy group also chided the Senate president for failing to carry other senators along in certain affairs of the upper chamber.
The call for his resignation was championed in a statement released to newsmen Tuesday in Abuja by the Executive Director of NADECO USA, Lloyd Ukwu.
The statement reads, “Akpabio has shown a lack of empathy for poor and suffering Nigerian masses when he recently turned a ‘let Nigerians breathe’ comment by a senator into a pun which attracted mocking laughter from his colleagues during plenary.
“Only recently, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) and Senator Mohammed Onawo (Nasarawa South) openly accused Akpabio of not giving senators adequate opportunity to interrogate and scrutinize bills, especially money bills, and warned that history would judge him for approving executive requests and passing important legislations posthaste.”
The development is coming barely 24 hours after the senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo, accused the former Akwa Ibom governor of being behind his election nullification by an Abuja Court of Appeal.
The appellate court declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Amos Yohanna, as the winner of the February 25 senatorial election.
Abbo had alleged further that the Senate President had penciled down four other senators for removal through the court.
But Akpabio refuted the claim in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Eseme Eyiboh.
While stating that he had no hand in Abbo’s sack, the Senate president expressed shock over the allegation, which it described as delinquent, provocative, and unbecoming of a distinguished senator.
But the NADECO director insisted that Akpabio’s action reeks of mistrust and insensitivity toward his fellow senators.
Ugwu, therefore, urged members of the Senate to commence impeachment proceedings against Akpabio.