Senate President Godswill Akpabio has dismissed reports suggesting plans to impeach him. He described such reports as malicious and untrue.
Akpabio stated that the Senate is stable and harmonious. He blamed the rumours on a “syndicated media attack” outside the National Assembly.
The Senate’s Committee on Media and Publicity also refuted the reports. They described the Senate as “one united and fraternal family.”
Media reports had indicated plans to unseat Akpabio on September 26. Two senators from the North-West were said to be strategizing for his removal.
Eseme Eyiboh, Special Adviser to the Senate President, called the reports “complete imaginations.” He stated that senators are on holiday and are not involved in subversive plots.
The recent reports about a potential impeachment plot against Senate President Godswill Akpabio have stirred the political waters. Such rumours, whether true or false, can have a destabilizing effect on the legislative body.
Akpabio’s strong denial of the reports is a necessary step. But it also raises questions about the transparency and openness of the Senate’s internal workings.
The Senate’s quick dismissal of the impeachment rumours indicates a unified front. But is this unity superficial, or does it reflect a more resounding consensus among lawmakers?
The role of the media in this situation is also worth examining. Are they merely reporting facts or part of a larger agenda to destabilize the Senate?
Did You Know?
- The Nigerian Senate is the upper chamber of Nigeria’s bicameral legislature, the National Assembly.
- Senate President Godswill Akpabio previously served as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2015.
- The Nigerian Senate can impeach the President and other high-ranking officials.
- The Senate President is third in the Nigerian presidential line of succession.
- Nigeria has 109 senators, three from each of the 36 states and one from the Federal Capital Territory.