Senator Godswill Akpabio, the President of the Senate, vehemently refuted Senator Elisha Abbo’s allegations that he (Akpabio) influenced the Court of Appeal’s judgment that led to Abbo’s removal from the Senate on Monday,leadership reports.
Akpabio, represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and official Spokesperson, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh, expressed astonishment at the claims made by the former Adamawa North Senator, deeming them as irresponsible, incendiary, and unworthy of a respected Senator.
He emphasized, “It is only a misguided and uninformed mind that would doubt that the outcome of any court proceeding hinges on the assessment of facts and evidence in accordance with the rule of law.”
Accusing Senator Abbo of directing his frustrations towards Senator Akpabio or anyone else, Akpabio’s spokesman noted that this behavior revealed Abbo’s deep-seated animosity towards Akpabio.
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He continued, “Democracy is founded on the rule of law, so for someone to accuse a stalwart of democracy and governance like Senator Godswill Akpabio, they must be wallowing in self-pity, with their assertions being far removed from reality.”
Furthermore, Hon. Eyiboh added, “Senator Akpabio wishes to reiterate that he harbors no ill-will toward any of his esteemed colleagues. As he has previously stated, the ashes of the leadership election have been consigned to history, replaced by the fraternal commitment to nation-building shared by the majority of Senators.”
The Court of Appeal’s Abuja Division invalidated Senator Abbo’s election as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and instead declared Amos Yohana, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, as the rightful victor of the February 25, 2023, Adamawa North senatorial election.
It’s worth noting that following the judgment, Senator Abbo contended that the appellate court’s decision was politically motivated as retribution for not supporting Senator Akpabio’s bid to become the President of the 10th Senate, along with four other Senators.