Akpabio visits Tinubu, debunks rising crisis in the Senate

Sharon EboesomiOctober 19, 20232 min

Akpabio insisted that there were no issues in the red chamber, adding it was only normal to have disagreements, which are ultimately resolved amicably.


The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has dismissed rumors that a crisis is brewing in the Red Chamber, stating that disagreement in any democratic setting is inevitable.

Akpabio’s remark follows a mild face-off between him and the Senate’s Chief Whip, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) at Tuesday’s plenary.

Recall that Senator Ndume on Tuesday raised a point of order to draw Akpabio’s attention to alleged procedural errors he committed, which according to him, are against the Senate rules.

Akpabio instantly ruled him out of order while he was still speaking, saying that he was referring to the wrong order.

Vexed by Akpabio’s action, Ndume picked up his documents and walked out of the chamber.

Immediately, the lawmakers went into a closed-door session at the instance of the Senate President.

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While addressing State House Correspondents after a closed-door talk with President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa on Wednesday, Akpabio said there was no cause for alarm as all is well in the Senate.

“In the parliament, sometimes you disagree to agree but we will never get to the point of throwing chairs. The Senate is too mature, full of mature people.

“We are all working in one accord. There is no problem at all. Even if some people disagree with some of the happenings in the Senate, it is only the majority decision that is going to prevail,” he insisted.

The Senate President also stressed the importance of resolving disputes as they arise in closed-door sessions to ensure harmony and cooperation.

“We are politicians, no permanent hatred but permanent interest. That interest is the interest of the nation.”

On why he visited the Villa, Akapbio informed that his reason for meeting with President Tinubu was to discuss and seek his support on the 10th Assembly retreat taking place in Akwa Ibom State.

“I came to inform the President of the first 10th Assembly retreat which is taking place tomorrow in Akwa Ibom State. We are moving the Senate all the way to Akwa Ibom for the next four days.

“Thereafter, I will be traveling personally to Angola to attend the internal parliamentary union, so before he sees me, it will probably take another nine days so, I needed to inform him,” he added.



Sharon Eboesomi

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