Senator Godswill Akpabio, the former Minority Leader of the Senate, has challenged other senators who recently defected from their parties to quit their leadership positions in the chamber.
Backstory: When Akpabio defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), he resigned from his position as the Minority Leader. So he wants “others” to do the same. He is referring particularly to the senate president, Bukola Saraki, of course. No other leader in the senate has defected recently.
“I moved from the PDP to the APC, to make sure that this government works before the election. It should not be all about the election; it should be first about Nigeria. Let others also move in the national interest,” Akpabio told journalists on Wednesday. “I did not just move like that, I was a (Minority) Leader in the Senate. I resigned my position in order to show that, yes, I meant business. Let others who also have positions in the Senate who wish to also cross carpet from one political party to another also resign their positions and take a cue from what Godswill Akpabio did.”
The bottom line: Akpabio did not have a choice. By defecting to the APC, he of course could not remain as “minority leader” if indeed the APC was not the minority party. Contrary to what he said, his defection was not to show that he meant business but the only option available.