Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has reacted in the negative to reports that the Senate was making moves to declare Senator Godswill Akpabio’s seat vacant.
Akpabio, who recently resigned his position as Senate Minority Leader, had also announced his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) last Wednesday.
His defection from the PDP had sparked speculations that the Senate may declare his seat vacant for defecting from a party that was not factionalised.
But refuting the speculations, Saraki’s media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said: “All that is mere talk,” adding that “People are making claims when we don’t even know when they’ll reconvene.”
He said, “There’s a lot to be done and we don’t even have time for all that one.”
“These people should focus on other things and leave Saraki alone. They have turned the man into a superstar overnight,” Mr Olaniyonu said.
Meanwhile, reacting on Monday to the alleged moves to declare his senatorial seat vacant, Akpabio said: “Even as you are looking at me, do I look perturbed? I have not heard the report. Because the reason why I think that is a rumour is that there is, at the moment, no division in the APC. The APC is one family.”