There are reports that Senate President Godswill Akpabio is facing a possible impeachment. This news has taken a new turn as 10 former governors in the upper chamber and a coalition of civic organizations are now calling for his impeachment.
An official from the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that the party has not been officially informed about Akpabio’s troubles. The official mentioned that some senators are considering meeting with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to resolve the issue.
Senators who are against Akpabio have dismissed the earlier reports of planned impeachment as “phantom”. However, the Coalition for Parliamentary Democracy (CPD), a parliamentary watchdog, has asked the Senate President to step down. They claim that Akpabio has fallen out of favor with his colleagues in the Senate.
The CPD responded to claims from Senator Akpabio’s office that “one South-South Governor” was behind the impeachment threat. They advised Akpabio to stop accusing others and instead explain why his colleagues want him out.
The CPD accused Akpabio of failing to fulfill his duties as a Presiding Officer and provide transparent and credible leadership. They emphasized the importance of a stable and united National Assembly during this critical time.
The coalition expressed disappointment with Akpabio’s response, stating that instead of addressing the concerns raised by his colleagues, he is accusing a state governor. They believe this is a dangerous and unstatesmanlike move that could trigger a crisis.
The CPD believes that Akpabio should face the issues raised by his colleagues, including allegations of lack of transparency, violation of parliamentary processes, and claims of preferential treatment in the Senate’s management.