We have a duty to support south-south senate president – Diket Plang


The chairman, senate committee on labour employment and productivity, Mr Diket Plang, said every geopolitical zone in the country has been represented with juicy position in government and as such there is the need to support the senate president, Mr Godswill Akpabio, who is from the south-south zone, to succeed.

Plang, who is also the deputy chairman, senate committee, stated this in Jos, Plateau State.

He dismissed the notion that a plan was underway to impeach the senate president, insisting that every political position at the national level was carried out to reflect the geopolitical zones in the country.

“When there are issues, you raise them for a rethink and future correction. Nobody will remove the Senate President; he is stable. We elected him, and there are variables for that election. The north west has the deputy senate president, the north east has the vice president, the north central has the SGF, and the south has the senate president.

“These balances are there for stability; if everybody is involved, there will be trust, and people will work harder. I just want to assure you that the 10th Senate is a people’s senate and a focus senate. The Senate is willing to work with the executive for the purpose of moving the nation forward.

“Luckily, we have executives who know the workings of legislators; the President was a former senator, and his wife was a former senator, a vibrant one, for that matter.

“The vice president was a senator, and the chief of staff was also a former speaker of the house of representatives. The secretary to the government of the federation was also a senator; so when we are shouting, they should know what we mean. So, there should be synergy and understanding,” he said.

He further explained that no part of the country is short-changed in the scheme of things, adding that the belief in certain quarters that the northern senators were not at home with the senate president was wrong and misleading.

“All equations are favorable to every part of the country; if you are interested in something, don’t bring sentiment into it. We should support one another to succeed.

“Lawal has a successful tenure, and our brother and uncle from the north central, Senator David Mark, had a successful tenure as well. We have a duty to support the south-south senate president to succeed as well.

“We, the northern senators, are deeply involved in what is happening in the senate. There is no crisis or any division in the senate; this insinuation is just a figment of the imagination of those who want to cause a crisis in the senate,” he added.