Budget Drama: Resign now, Akpabio tells Saraki, Dogara

By Akilani Abdullah

Following the rowdiness that marred the budget presentation by Presdient Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, a former Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has called for the resignation of the National Assembly leadership.

Recall that Saraki and Dogara were expected to make opening and closing remarks respectively before and after the presentation.

However, the rowdy session caused by the lawmakers at the presentation made it impossible for the two presiding officers to deliver their addresses.

According to him, the inability of both the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara to present their speeches after Buhari’s presentation shows they are no longer capable of functioning.

Akpabio, while reacting to the development said “They really couldn’t talk because they shouldn’t be sitting on those seats since they now belong to a minority party.

“When I was in the minority party, I was the minority leader; I wasn’t the Senate President.

“So I will expect that what has happened today should be a wake-up call on the Speaker and the Senate President to resign peacefully,” he said.

On the rowdy session, he said such action was a characteristic of a parliament all over the world.

“But you could also notice that the majority party, the APC, showed its strength. There was a lot of quietness; there was a lot of silence whenever the President was making key points.

“The rest were just normal nuances of politics,”

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