President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, yesterday, distanced himself from the alleged plot to remove the Senate Minority Leader, Senate George Akume, from office even as he called on Akume’s party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), to refrain itself from name-calling and put its house in order.
Senator Mark, who described the allegation as crude and shocking, noted that as a Senator elected on the platform of the majority party in the Senate, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he does not attend the meetings of the minority parties.
Meanwhile, the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN) has passed a vote of confidence on its senate minority leader, Senator George Akume describing the phantom plot to replace him as the minority leader as the handiwork of some reactionary and anti-democratic forces in the senate.
In a statement issued yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed satisfaction in the manner senator George Akume has so far, discharged his onerous responsibly as the senate minority leader and reminded all busy bodies that the choice of the minority senate leader is the sole and exclusive preserve of the leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria and no amount of horse trading, intrigue or blackmail can change this.
The party absolves its members in the upper chamber of the national assembly from this phantom plot and puts the blame squarely on the doorstep of the leadership of the senate who would rather prefer a more pliable minority leader to “our principled and disciplined senator George Akume”.
The plot to remove Senator George Akume according to the party can be located first and foremost in the battle for the soul of Benue State and even more importantly in the paralysis and fear that have gripped the Peoples Democratic Party following the growing popularity and acceptance of the Action Congress of Nigeria all over the country.
The party recalled that only last week a thoroughly confused Peoples Democratic Party described the Action Congress of Nigeria as a tribal party. “Can a party with a governor from the South South geo-political zone, senators from Benue, Edo and Anambra States, House of Representatives members from Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Adamawa, Benue, Kogi and Imo States among others be described by right thinking people as a tribal party?”
“Is the plot to remove Senator George Akume as the party’s senate minority leader not part of the desperate plot of the ruling People’s Democratic Party to give the impression to Nigerians that we are a tribal party, especially when we remove Senator George Akume and replace him with a senator from the South West”, the party queried.