The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has written the Senate demanding the immediate declaration of the seat of a senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Godswill Akpabio, vacant.

Akpabio was, until recently, the Senate minority leader, before he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Ini Emembong, said that the party wrote the letter because it was not within its purview to declare the seat of a defecting senator vacant.

Emembong explained that the letter was addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, because he reserved the power to declare seats of senators vacant, as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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He said, “The declaration will be done on the floor of the Senate. We have made the request through a letter. We would have taken the matter to court, but the constitution says when such a thing happens, it is the Senate President that will declare a defector’s seat vacant.”

Akpabio is yet to respond to the PDP's letter to Saraki. 

But on Tuesday, he said that he and Saraki are as guilty as others, as far as recent defections of lawmakers from one political party to the other is concerned.

He added that the move to declare his seat vacant, as far as he was concerned, was a rumour.

For the former Akwa Ibom governor, even if it was true, other senators who defected from APC to PDP are also guilty of the same offence “because APC is also a united party without any division.”

He said he was not perturbed at all about the report and the rumoured move since all defectors are involved.

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