By Sani Abdullahi, Abuja
The Senate Caucus of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the Minority Leader, Sen Godswill Akpabio of hobnobbing with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, thereby jeopardizing their interests in the red chambers.
The PDP senators also blamed Akpabio, whom they claimed was not qualified as at the time of his emergence as Minority Leader, of not doing enough as the leader of an opposition party in the Senate.
In a chat with our correspondent, a member of the PDP caucus from one of the South-south states hinted that their decision to scout for Akpabio’s replacement was taken in order to strengthen the party at the Senate with a view to deepening democracy in the country.
Our source, a ranking senator, who did not wish to be named on the grounds that they had yet to conclude on the matter, dropped this hint while responding to questions from our correspondent in Abuja on the rumored plot by his colleagues to remove their leader.
He said “Every officer in the hallowed chamber has his duty. As far as the legislature is concerned, one of our primary duties is to ensure checks and balances.
“Again, as an opposition party, we in the PDP are supposed to carry out as one of our duties, the function of checking the excesses of the ruling party, and in this case, the APC.
“So whereby the person so appointed to spearhead the effective performance of that function, wittingly or unwittingly abandons his duties, it is only expedient that such an incapable hand be replaced with a capable hand”.
The senator who claimed that he was in the same page with his other colleagues, also spoke on the rumored defection plans by the embattled minority leader, who is an immediate-past governor of Akwa Ibom State.
“We have heard that he (Akpabio) is planning to defect to the ruling APC. But that, as far as we are concerned, remains a rumour. But one may be tempted to believe same, given his concomitant behaviors.
“But that can only serve as a lesson to some of our colleagues who connived with some power interests to elect an unqualified person as minority leader.
However, all those rumours are mere factors. The clearer fact which is unassailable is that Sen Godswill Akpabio does not have what it takes to be our leader. His recent lackluster attitudes within and outside the chamber is enough to prove that he is not capable and therefore must be replaced”, our source concluded.
It would be recalled that recently, there were strong rumours of Akpabio’s defection to the APC on the premise of his interest in Senate Presidency in an event his party, PDP, failed to win the 2019 presidential election.