Senate President David Mark has distanced himself from an alleged plot to remove the Senate Minority Leader, Sen. George Akume, from office.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday in Abuja, Mark described the allegation as “crude and shocking’’.
He advised the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to stop name-calling and “put its house in order’’, saying “the Senate, as a body, is cohesive and united in enacting laws that will continue to improve the standard of living of all Nigerians.’’
Mark said that having been elected on the platform of the PDP, majority party in the Senate, he “does not attend meetings of the minority parties’’.
“I am not a member of the minority parties; I do not attend the meetings of the minority parties. How then do I get involved in the plot to remove the minority leader? ’’
He noted that the nomination of principal officers of the National Assembly is the exclusive preserve of the political parties, and urged the ACN to focus on promoting progressive ideas.
It will be recalled that Akume (ACN- Benue) had alleged that some elements were working to destabilise and weaken the minority leadership in the Senate to pave way for his removal. (NAN)