Controversy Erupts Over Plot to Impeach Senate President Akpabio
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Controversy Erupts Over Plot to Impeach Senate President Akpabio

The corridors of power are buzzing with whispers of a plot to impeach Senate President Godswill Akpabio.

The allegations range from his supposed “romance” with President Bola Tinubu to the manipulation of ministerial nominee screenings and the creation of instability within the Senate.

Allegations against the Senate President

Senators are deeply divided over the issue, with some accusing Akpabio of sowing discord by marginalising ranking senators in key committee appointments. 

One aggrieved senator went as far as to label the Senate President as “insensitive” and “unreliable,” stating that Akpabio “jokes too much” and “must go.”

What some senators are doing

Adding fuel to the fire, it’s been reported that some senators have already begun collecting signatures for Akpabio’s impeachment, aiming to present their case when the Senate resumes on the 26th of September. 

However, a member of the Senate leadership has dismissed these efforts, stating that impeachment requires a two-thirds majority, not a simple majority.

Comparisons to Previous Leadership

The situation has led to comparisons with former Senate President Ahmad Lawan. 

Reports say Lawan balanced his appointments by making his loyalists chairmen of A-list committees and his opponents vice-chairmen. 

In contrast, Akpabio is accused of favouring only his loyalists, leaving nothing for his opponents.

What you need to know

Despite the mounting tension, some senators are coming to Akpabio’s defence. 

One pro-Akpabio senator argued that while mistakes have been made, they aren’t significant enough to warrant impeachment. 

He said, “It’s too early; there’s nothing on the ground to warrant Akpabio’s removal.”

Ndume speaks up for the Senate president

When contacted for a statement, Senate Chief Whip, Senator Ali Ndume, asserted that Akpabio has not committed any impeachable offences. 

He acknowledged some discontent over committee appointments but assured that the cases would be looked into.

Whether or not the impeachment plot will gain traction remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: the controversy has already sent ripples through the political landscape.

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