Senate President Godswill Akpabio has refuted claims of his involvement in the recent removal of Senator Elisha Abbo from the Senate, as reported earlier by Legal Attorney Blog.
In response to the accusations, Abbo insinuated that Akpabio played a role in orchestrating his ouster from the Red Chamber due to his purported campaigning against Akpabio’s Senate Presidency aspirations.
Abbo further asserted that several other senators who supported Senator Abdulaziz Yari’s bid for Senate Presidency were also targeted for removal through judicial means.
Pointing out Senator Orji Uzor Kalu (APC Abia North) as the next potential target, Abbo suggested a concerted effort to eliminate perceived opposition within the Senate.
However, in a swift rebuttal, the media aide to Senate President Akpabio, Eseme Eyiboh, refuted Abbo’s accusations as an attempt to shift blame for his removal from the Senate.
Eyiboh emphasized that court judgments, including the one leading to Abbo’s dismissal, are determined by the provisions of the Electoral Act and the evidence presented by the petitioners. He reiterated that the Senate President has no incentive to engage in victimization or retribution against fellow senators.
He stated, “It is unfortunate if he actually said that Akpabio was responsible for his removal. That’s the swan song of a man looking for scapegoats. The Court of Appeal across the country decides cases based on the provisions of the Electoral Act and evidence advanced by petitioners. The Senate President has no reason to witch-hunt any of his colleagues.”
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