R-APC asks Saraki to declare Akpabio’s seat vacant


The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has asked Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to declare the seat of former minority of the upper legislative chamber, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Akpabio,  last week, formally defected to the APC at a rally held in Akwa Ibom state.

Spokesman of the R-APC, Kassim Afegbua, in a statement yesterday, said Akpabio’s seat has become vacant in line with section 68 of the constitution because there is no division in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“We are calling on the Senate President to invoke the provisions of section 68 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) in declaring the seat of senator Godswill Akpabio vacant,” the statement read.

 “It is not on record that there is division in the opposition PDP, hence this declaration will be a step in the right direction.”

Afegbua said the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators are “hell bent” on removing Saraki on Tuesday when the national assembly resumes to consider the supplementary budget for the 2019 elections.

“By this statement, the National Working Committee of the R-APC wishes to alert the public that the factional leadership of the All Progressives Congress Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has perfected plans to make the Tuesday, August 14th resumption date another kettle of fish for the illegal impeachment of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki,” he said.

“This time, they are hell bent on giving nebulous interpretation to the provision of the 1999 constitution (as amended) by using the numbers of senators present to provoke an impeachment. To this end, they have called on all APC senators to make it a point of duty to participate at the plenary on Tuesday to pass a vote of ‘no confidence’ on the senate president.

“This will be followed by orchestrated rancorous plenary session from where impeachment motion would be raised and their illegality perpetrated.

“There have been two meetings of the leaders and the senators in the last 48 hours to perfect this approach. The security agencies have also been briefed according to information reaching us. The APC factional chairman has been boasting and insisting that the Senate President would be impeached by whatever means because he no longer deserves to wear the crown.”

The spokesman also called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to sack Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), who is incompetent.”

Afegbua wondered how the police would exonerate themselves from the blockade of the National Assembly last week.

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