The Senate resumed plenary on Tuesday after six weeks recess with the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, appealing to his aggrieved colleagues to eschew divisive tendencies.
His appeal followed speculations that some of his colleagues from the northern part of the country were plotting to remove him as the presiding officer over allegations of lopsided distribution of committee’s chairmanship in favour of his loyalists.
The aggrieved senators through their spokesperson, Senator Elisha Abbo, had in a recent statement also accused Akpabio of refusing to checkmate President Bola Tinubu’s appointments in favour of the Yoruba especially in the financial sector.
In his opening speech to welcome his colleagues, Akpabio, appealed to all aggrieved lawmakers to sheathe their sword and cooperate with his leadership, saying the progress the country deserved at the moment could only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace and unity.
Part of the speech read, “As we resume to embark on our legislative functions and engagements, I encourage open and constructive dialogue, cooperation, and a spirit of unity on all matters of national significance.
“It is through such discourse, that we can achieve the best outcomes for all Nigerian citizens. As you go about your official legislative duties be reminded, that although our opinions may differ, our common purpose is to advance the well-being of our constituents and our nation.
“Distinguished colleagues, in the coming days and weeks, we will address pressing issues, debate legislations, and strive to find common grounds that will move our nation forward expeditiously.
“I have no doubt that your dedication, wisdom, and integrity will shine through in all your endeavours. Evidently, as with all democratic institutions, there are concerns at various levels of governance, while dissent and differing opinions are integral to our democratic process.
“I urge us all to focus on the greater good of our nation, anchored on the pursuit of our common good, interests of our constituents and protection of our fledgling democracy.
“In the face of rising poverty, insecurity, and public agitation for good governance, it is imperative that we set aside personal differences and work together with renewed patriotism and dedication to nationhood.”
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