Just In: Akpabio Eyes Saraki’s Position, Drops Senate Minority Leader


Dotun Akintomide with Agency report

Senator Godswill Akpabio, has resigned as the Minority Leader of the 8th Senate, a decision that came after he was reported  to have been in pole position to become the Senate President if the plot to oust Bukola Saraki from the position succeeds.

Akpabio’s media aide, Mr. Jackson Udom, said his resignation letter dated August 4, was addressed to the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

“Senator Akpabio thanked the Senate leadership, the minority leadership, all distinguished Senators, his party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the opportunity to lead the PDP Caucus in the last three years.

“Senator Akpabio is expected to be received into the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.”

However, there have been speculations that Akpabio who represents Akwa Ibom North West in the Senate is being considered by the APC to take over the Senate President seat from Bukola Saraki, following the alleged plan to impeach the latter.

The blockade of the National Assembly complex Tuesday morning by security operatives has been said to be part of the grand scheme to change the leadership of the National Assembly.

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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