Pic 13. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (R), with ex-Senate Minority Leader, Sen Godswill Akpabio, after addressing newsmen on the alleged plan by some people to implicate the Deputy Senate President and others members at the National Assembly, in Abuja on Wednesday (3/5/17). NAN

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that Senate President Bukola Saraki can’t declare vacant the seat of Godswill Akpabio for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Reformed-APC had call on the Senate President to declared the sit of Akpabio vacant for joining the APC.

In a statement Sunday by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, the ruling party emphasized that the APC would not normally “respond to the so-called, ‘Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC)’ because it is neither a duly-registered political party or a faction as it labours to sell to the public”.

Nabena said the content of the R-APC statement particularly the request to Saraki to declare the seat of Akpabio vacant, “is a borrowed and scripted tactic – sensationalism and comical conspiracies – typically used by unknown groups to get media attention to their normally unserious activities. The statement should not be given any attention and credence.”

“The real issue remains our clear position that the Senate President honourably steps down or be impeached. Dr. Saraki’s ‘vote of no confidence’ which the so-called rAPC alleges has since been passed going by our Party’s rejection of his leadership of the Senate.

“We reiterate that the Senate President being a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an All Progressives Congress (APC) numerically-dominated Senate cannot maintain a minority rule in the Upper House.”