The All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded a public apology from
Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe over his negative utterances against Gov. Yahaya
Bello of Kogi.
Mr Yekini Nabena, APC Acting Deputy National Publicity Secretary made
the demand in a statement on Monday in Abuja, while reacting to the
Abaribe is the Minority Leader of the Senate and Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District.
Nabena said a legal action would be taken against the senator if he
failed to publicly apologise to the governor, saying that his utterances
against the governor were ”false, irresponsible and malicious.”
Abaribe and Sen. Smart Adeyemi (APC Kogi) had last week exchanged
unfriendly banters on the floor of the senate over an alleged social
The two senators were at loggerheads when a motion on urgent need for
the restoration and revalidation of the Safe School Initiative was
The APC spokesman said “And on this note, we insist that he must
publicly withdraw the false statements made by him, or be prepared to
face the full brunt of the law.
“Let us at this point say unequivocally that distinguished Sen. Smart
Adeyemi is a high ranking senator with a formidable track record and
antecedents to show for it.
“Prior to coming to the senate, he was a renowned journalist who served
as the President of The Nigerian Union of Journalists for two terms.”
Nabena said Adeyemi was popularly known for his interest in the
protection of the masses and would not support a governor who was not
performing well as alleged by Abaribe.
He added that Abaribe`s utterances on the Kogi governor was not just an
aspersion on Adeyemi, but other Senators representing Kogi in the
Nabena also said that the warning issued by the PDP on the issue,
should therefore, be directed at Abaribe.
According to Nabena, Abaribe should have considered his governor and
constituents before making false and unbridled statements against the
“Having tried on more than one occasion to persuade Abaribe to do the
honourable thing, without luck, Sen. Adeyemi’s retaliation is naturally
“We therefore ask that Abaribe who is completely responsible for this
current unrest being experienced by the people of Abia and the PDP,
publicly retract his untrue comments.
“He should immediately apologise and spare the people of Abia the
embarrassment they are currently facing with the whole world watching
and noting the deplorable state of affairs in the state.
“This hostility instigated by Abaribe was not only mischievous but most
“Be that as it may, we have noted with great delight that the PDP
acknowledged that the words of Sen. Adeyemi were respected by Nigerians
while in the party,’’ he said.
Nabena stressed that this had not changed, adding that the credibility
of Adeyemi`s words followed the integrity he built over the years and
his undeniable wealth of experience.
He added that Adeyemi`s words had become more formidable under the APC
since he joined its fold. (NAN)