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I Have No Grudge Against Ndume, Abbo, Others – Senate President, Akpabio

by Victor Ndubuisi
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Senate President Godswill Akpabio has stated that he has no grudges towards any of his colleagues in light of recent events in the Senate.

Eseme Eyiboh, the Senate President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja, hours after the drama that followed during the plenary.

Recall that at Tuesday’s plenary, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) raised a point of order to draw the attention of the Senate President to claimed procedural irregularities committed by him that had yet to be remedied.

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Ndume specifically mentioned a motion by Senator Sumaila Kawu (NNPP, Kano South) to reopen the Nigeria-Niger border, which Akpabio permitted to be debated without first having the official title of the motion read as the normal procedure.

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Ndume urged that the Senate President allow for the correction of any error made or witnessed during plenary, citing Order 51 of the Senate Standing Rules.

The Senate President had barely finished his remarks when he ordered him out of order, stating that because he had ruled on the matters addressed, they could not be repeated.

This order was upheld by Akpabio, which enraged Ndume, who raised another point of order, namely Order 54, to seek correction of the alleged error.

Again, Akpabio dismissed him without allowing him to exhaust his line of argument. Following the incident, Ndume stormed out of the Senate chamber with his paperwork and a few other possessions.

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However, in an interview with Vanguard, Eyiboh stated that his principal has no ill will towards any of his colleagues, and that the embers of the leadership election have been buried and replaced with the fraternal tie of nation-building that he shares with his colleagues.

He also expressed surprise at former Adamawa North Senator Elisha Abbo’s claims that the Senate president influenced the Court of Appeal’s decision to remove him from the Senate.

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His claims were termed by Eyiboh as “delinquent, provocative, and unbecoming of a distinguished senator.”

He said: “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.

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“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 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.”

 

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