In a dramatic turnaround, Senator Elisha Abbo has issued a public apology for his previous allegations that Senate President Godswill Akpabio was involved in a conspiracy to have him removed by the Court of Appeal. This apology comes on the heels of his recent defeat in the court, which nullified his election to the Senate.
During an interview on Arise Television, Senator Abbo expressed his humility and sense of responsibility, stating, “I have to say this with all sense of humility and responsibility that the press release we issued yesterday was premature and based on the available information at our disposal yesterday. As of today, we have discovered a lot of things, and yesterday night I had a discussion with the Senate president, and I am convinced that he is not involved.”
Senator Abbo went on to make a solemn declaration, saying, “I swear by my mother’s grave that I’m not involved; I don’t even know that you’re in court.”
The initial saga began when Senator Abbo alleged a conspiracy by Senate President Godswill Akpabio to remove him from his Senate position. Abbo even claimed that Akpabio had intentions to unseat Senator Orji Uzor Kalu and four other senators for not supporting his Senate presidency bid.
However, the Court of Appeal recently nullified Senator Abbo’s election, which prompted his reevaluation of the situation. Despite the court’s decision, Senator Abbo has maintained his belief that he won the election with a margin of 11,000 votes.
The Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision to vacate the tribunal judgment that affirmed Abbo as the valid winner of the Senatorial seat in the February election was a significant blow to his political career. The court held that there was merit in an appeal lodged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Amos Yohanna, who was declared the winner by the appellate court.
Senator Abbo has been in the news for various reasons, not all of them positive. In 2019, he gained notoriety for assaulting a lady, Ms. Osimibibra Warmate, in a sex toy shop in Abuja. In response to the incident, a Federal Capital Territory High Court ordered the lawmaker to pay N50 million in damages to the victim, a decision subsequently affirmed by a panel of the appellate court.
Senator Abbo confirmed his removal from the legislative house in a post on his official Facebook page, urging his supporters and constituents to remain calm despite this setback.
This public apology from Senator Abbo has introduced a new twist to the political saga, emphasizing the unpredictability and ever-changing dynamics of Nigerian politics.
Source: Vanguard News
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