- A movement within the APC has cautioned Senator Bassey Akapn against pitching his tent in the party
- The groupurged the senator to steer clear the development programmes of the governing the ruling party
- According to the APC Grassroots Movement Akpan has been seen championing some of the development policies within the ruling party
The Akwa Ibom All Progressives Congress (APC) Grassroots Movement in support of President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Senator Bassey Akpan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to steer clear the development programmes of the governing the ruling party.
The group alleged that Akpan who represents Akwa Ibom northeast senatorial district on the platform of the PDP has been seen lately championing some of the development policies within the ruling party.
The group also alleged that the moves by Senator Akpan are been perceived to be purely for personal ulterior motives.
In a statement issued on Sunday, July 28, in Abuja, Mike George, the national coordinator of the APC Grassroots Movement, said Senator Akpan is planning to disrupt the confirmation of Senator Godswill Akpabio as a member of President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet.
George's statement followed purported reports that Bassey Akpan attempted to speak in support of the President Buhari's nomination of Akpabio through a Point of Order even after the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Eyinaya Abaribe had spoken copiously in support of Akpabio's ministerial nomination.
"It is pertinent to note that the purported supporter of Senator Akpan of Mr President's programmes, is nothing but a face-saving attempt to curry favours by a Senator who has penchant in fighting against President Buhari and the nomination of his people into federal appointments," George said.
"Sometime in 2017 when Mr President appointed an indigene of Akwa Ibom northeast as a Resident Electoral Commissioner, Akpan having been so close to former Senate President Bukola Saraki, used his position to block the confirmation, thereby denying Akwa Ibom people that position for over two years," he added.
George alleged that Akpan's game-plan is that he thought he could replay the similar scenario under Lawan leadership met a brick wall.
"As usual, Akpan raised an infamous Point of Order which suffered a serious set back, as Akpan was ruled out of order. One wonders why such a blunder. The recent change in attitude by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan by creating an impression that he is committed to the next level agenda of our great party (the APC), is vey laughable," he said.
He also alleged that the senator in collusion with the INEC, rigged the presidential, governorship Senatorial and house of Assembly polls against the APC.
George said the senator played a similar role in the legislative elections at both the state and national levels.
"Apkan, displayed his crass ignorance of the rules of procedure at the Upper legislative chamber, when he raised the point of order during the Senator Godswill Akpan ministerial screening, after the Minority Leader of the Senate senator Eyinaya Abaribe had concluded his submissions on the matter, and the Senate had ruled on. Apkan's action was in sharp contrast with the procedure of the Senate," he said.
According to George, the same architect of what was perpetrated against the APC, has suddenly turned around to mask as a promoter of our great party's development programmes and policies.
"Having failed to block Akpabio, Akpan has shamelessly turned himself into a megaphone of our party, when, in fact, his services are not need. We want him to face his plethora of cases with the Federal Government, particularly the criminal prosecution by the EFCC."
"No wonder trying to curry favours from the federal government with a view to lobbying to have the slew of criminal charges hanging on his neck dropped."
"Therefore, it is imperative to call on Senator Akpan to desist forthwith from further trying to portray himself as a friend of the APC, because there is no space him in our party," the group noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari on Tuesday, July 23, submitted a list of 43 ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate.
Among nominees listed by the president for the Senate's approval are a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio; a younger sister to the past Senate President, Gbemi Saraki; Festus Keyamo, Rotimi Amaechi among many others.
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