The Senate President has received a resignation request from the Coalition for Parliamentary Democracy (CPD).
The Senate President has allegedly lost the support of his fellow senators, claims the organisation.
In response to assertions from Akpabio’s office that “one South-South Governor” was responsible for the impeachment conspiracy, CPD made this statement.
The organisation demanded that the former governor of Akwa Ibom State quit blaming others and instead explain why other lawmakers do not support him for the job.
This was said in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday that was signed by its National Coordinator, Dr. Menike Johnson.
According to the CPD, the Senators had explicitly cited Akpabio’s alleged “failure to fit into the duties of a Presiding Officer and providing a transparent and credible leadership as the reason for their decision to move against him.”
As observers of parliamentary proceedings, we believe that Senator Akpabio should address the concerns raised by his colleagues, including claims of preferential treatment in the management of the Senate and allegations of a lack of transparency and a violation of basic conventions and procedures for presiding over the Senate.
Therefore, the attempt to inflame the political climate by placing blame on outsiders is a self-indicting action that falls short of providing the much-needed solutions to the crucial problem of leadership failure that senators have raised against the troubled Senate President.
We advise Senator Akpabio to avoid more turmoil for the country by resigning as Senate President since he has confessed that he has fallen out of favour with his colleagues and lacks solutions to the extremely severe concerns presented by the Senators, which borders on leadership failure.
“Nigerians cannot afford a Senate that is plagued by unstable leadership that does not command the loyalty of the lawmakers,” the organisation argued. “Our nation is in a very critical moment.”