Friday, June 10, 2016

Why PDP Didn’t Take Over Senate Leadership Positions – Akpabio

Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) didn’t take over the leadership of the Senate on June 9, 2015 because the party puts the interest of the country first.

He stated on Thursday while reflecting on what happened before June 9, which culminated in the election of Saraki as Senate President. He said that with what was on ground at that time, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would have produced the Senate President and other principal officers.

He said though his party had the number of required senators needed to produce the Senate president, following the absence of some All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers.

Akpabio, who noted that some intrigues played out prior to the election of Saraki as Senate President, said: “You (Saraki) were jittery and sweating on that day. If we had wanted to take over the Senate, the PDP would have done that. We had the chance to take all the positions but because we are not greedy, we decided to allow the APC take over.”

Speaking on the general state of affairs in the country, Akpabio warned that if something urgent was not done, Nigeria would be plunged into crisis.

He said: “In the South-South, people have abandoned their homes because of activities of Niger Delta Avengers. The North is in turmoil; the South-East is boiling because of agitation. The South-West is the only peaceful area, but they still send mercenaries to other areas to fight.

“I want to urge the APC to market this country very well. The way the APC is saying the country is full of criminals, investors will not come here to invest. They must change the way they talk about Nigeria. Things need to change.”




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