The calm that reigned in the Senate since its return from recess last week was shattered yesterday.
Senator Godswill Akpabio called for the reconstitution and restructuring of the upper chamber — in line with the numerical strength of parties. “The majority must always preside over the minority,” he said.
He threatened to stop contributing in plenary unless his desired change is carried out.
Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North West) spoke at a news conference after yesterday’s plenary during which he was temporarily barred from making contributions by Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Akpabio, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and resigned as the minority leader, said the Senate president should follow suit after Saraki’s defection to the PDP from APC.
He added that while the minority should have its say, the majority should have its way for peace to prevail.
The Senate, he insisted, must be properly constituted and senators must sit according to political parties. Read more