* Senators who initially didn’t support the emergence of the leadership had since all unanimously endorsed the Akpabio-led leadership – Eyiboh
By John Odunjo
The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has described as the reported plan to unseat him as malicious and untrue.
Akpabio said that the Senate under his leadership was stable and harmonious and cannot be distracted by “the innuendo of the merchants of political tar brush by what appears to be a syndicated media attack from outside the precincts of the National Assembly.”
There were media reports of plots to remove Akpabio as the president of the 10th Senate when the Senate reconvenes on September 26, 2023.
The reports also noted that two prominent senators from the North West and as well other senators were already meeting and mapping out plans to carry out the plot.
But Akpabio, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) Hon Eseme Eyiboh, said the reports were “complete imaginations and sometimes laced with malice to achieve what senators are yet to comprehend.”
Eyiboh, who said such plot never existed, said that the Senate had since gone past the experience of the keenly contested leadership election.
He stated, “Senators are at present concluding their holidays in their constituencies and other places they have chosen to spend their time after the rigours of the inauguration and ministerial screening and other constructive engagements.
“All senators are also refreshing themselves ahead of the resumption, therefore, any suggestions that they are presently engaged in other subversive plots against the institution is rather uncharitable”.
He said that the senators who initially did not support the emergence of the leadership had since all unanimously endorsed the Senator Akpabio-led leadership, so, “continuing to link these senators with needless conspiracy with barely disguised innuendo is rather unkind.
“We call on the media not to give in to the conspiratorial tales and not to give damage to the reputations that they have built over time,” Eyiboh said.