Senate President Akpabio Mistakenly Exposes Senators’ ‘Holiday Allowance’

Godswill Akpabio, the current senate president, has been urged to resign immediately by Timi Frank, a former deputy spokesperson of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). According to Leadership, Frank, who is an ally of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made this demand in a video message on Wednesday, August 9. Frank accused Akpabio of undermining Nigeria’s democracy by allowing senators to receive vacation allowances while the country is facing economic hardships and challenges.

He said: “The show of shame that was demonstrated today on live national television where the senate under Akpabio was telling the whole world that they are going on vacation and the Clerk of the national assembly has paid money to every account of the Nigerian senators.

 

 

“This is the biggest joke we’ve seen in recent time (sic). “But that is the main reason why I am making it bold and very clear Senator Godswill Akpabio must immediately resign as the senate president.”

Frank criticized the insensitivity of federal lawmakers who are enjoying national resources while ordinary Nigerians are struggling. He argued that it was inappropriate for senators to take advantage of their positions to go on vacations when the country is going through difficult times. Frank’s call for Akpabio’s resignation stems from his belief that the senate president’s actions have made a mockery of Nigeria’s democracy.

Senate President Akpabio on Tuesday, while addressing his colleagues after concluded the screening and confirmation of President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nominees, said funds had been sent by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Magaji Tambuwal, to the Senators to “enjoy” their holidays.

He said: “In order to enable all of us to enjoy our holidays, a token has been sent to our various accounts by the Clerk of the National Assembly.”

Nevertheless, the Senate President was promptly alerted by certain high-ranking officials that he was being broadcasted live on television and addressing journalists.

After realizing the significance of his comments, Akpabio promptly retracted his statement and mentioned that prayers had been sent to their email addresses to ensure a safe trip and return.

He said: “I withdraw that statement. In order to allow you to enjoy your holiday, the senate president has sent prayers to your mailboxes to assist you to go on a safe journey and return.”

The demand for Akpabio’s resignation comes amidst growing concerns about the economic situation in Nigeria. Many citizens are facing hardships and struggling to make ends meet. The issue of senators receiving vacation allowances has sparked outrage among the public, with many questioning the fairness and appropriateness of such benefits while the country is in crisis. Frank’s call for Akpabio to step down reflects the frustration and anger felt by many Nigerians towards their leaders.

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