Senate President Godswill Akpabio has described the allegation levelled against him, by the lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District at the Senate, Senator Elisha Abbo, as unfounded.
Akpabio while speaking through a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, expressed shock over such an allegation from a distinguished colleague.
Senator Abbo who was sacked by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday, had fingered the Senate President as the brain behind his ordeal, noting that Akpabio had pencilled down 4 other senators, including Orji Uzor Kalu, to be sacked through the court ruling, because they opposed his Senate Presidency bid.
Abbo who had been earlier declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, was sacked by the court, while Amos Yohanna of the Peoples Democratic Party was declared as the winner of the February 25 National Assembly election held in Adamawa North.
However, Abbo while speaking with newsmen at his residence in Abuja, shortly after the Court judgment, claimed that the Senate President was responsible for his sack, and also plotting the removal of former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and four other Senators for not backing his senate presidency bid.
“I have it from a reliable source that myself and four other Senators within the fold of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will be removed from the Senate through rulings from the courts, all because of working against the emergence of Akpabio as President of the 10th Senate.
“I won’t mention the names of all the four other ones targeted but the next in line is Senator Orji Uzor Kalu,” he alleged.
Akpabio however described the claims as delinquent, provocative and unbecoming of a distinguished Senator.
“It is only a diseased and uninformed mind that will not believe that the outcome of any court proceeding is a function of the evaluation of facts and evidence within the province of the rule of law.
“It is uncharitable for Senator Abbo to pour his frustrations on Senator Akpabio or anyone else and his action betrays the bile he has for Senator Akpabio.
“Democracy is founded on the rule of law, so for anybody to accuse one of the strong agents of democracy and governance in the mould of Senator Godswill Akpabio, such an individual must be a monument of self-pity and his swansong a discordant escape from reality.
“Senator Akpabio, for emphasis, has no ill will towards any of his distinguished colleagues and as he has said in the past, the embers of the leadership election have been buried and replaced by the fraternal bond of nation-building he shares with the overwhelming majority of Senators,” he said.