In an intriguing turn of events, Senate President Godswill Akpabio was captured on video addressing senators in the Upper Chamber regarding a financial gesture before retracting his statement shortly after. The incident occurred on Wednesday, August 9, during the conclusion of the Senate’s ministerial screening.
In the video that circulated online, Akpabio initially stated, “To ensure that we all have a pleasant holiday, the clerk of the National Assembly has transferred a token to our respective bank accounts.”
However, his remarks were swiftly brought to his attention by his colleagues who pointed out that the plenary session was being broadcast live on television. In response, Akpabio swiftly made an attempt to “counter” his previous statement.
He stated, “I retract my earlier statement.”
Further explaining, he said, “To enhance your holiday experience, the Senate President has forwarded prayers to your email addresses, aimed at ensuring your safe journey and return.”
This unexpected sequence of events adds a layer of intrigue to the proceedings within the Upper Chamber. The initial mention of financial assistance followed by a swift retraction, coupled with the lighthearted gesture of sending prayers, highlights the intricacies and sometimes lighthearted moments that can unfold in legislative bodies.
As the Senate enters its holiday period, this incident serves as a reminder of the transparency and accountability that are expected of public officials, as their words and actions are under continuous scrutiny from both constituents and the wider public.
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