The Senate had on Wednesday withdrew a motion sponsored by Senator Kassim Shettima and co-sponsored by 36 other Senators aimed at passing a vote of confidence in the leadership of the ninth National Assembly particularly the Senate President.
The co-sponsors of the motion included 25 All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators and 11 of their counterparts from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Answering questions from reporters in Abuja on Wednesday, Senator Akwashiki dispelled insinuations about any form of discontentment in the Senate about the leadership of the upper chamber.
He said that “Our loyalty to the leadership is total and complete.”
Akwashiki said: “There is nothing to worry about in the vote of confidence in the leadership of the Senate which was stood down on Wednesday during plenary.
“It is a vote of confidence and not a vote of no confidence. A vote of confidence is moved when members of a group are in support or in total agreement with the leadership.
“I won’t speak further on it because it is a vote of confidence. I would speak more if it was a vote of no confidence and the Senate President decided to use his power as Presiding Officer to stand down the motion.
“Those who are moving the vote of confidence are in total support of the leadership, so it is not a serious issue.
“On the 36 Senators comprising 25 APC and 11 PDP members listed as co-sponsors of the motion is a normal thing.
“All of us are in total agreement of the motion but we cannot all have our names in the motion.
“If all of us should put our names on the list, then it’s no longer a motion. Now that the motion has been brought before the Senate, every Senator would have the opportunity to speak on it. The number of sponsors does not matter.
“The vote of confidence motion has nothing to do with any crisis in the Senate. There is no crisis. Our loyalty to the leadership is total and complete. It is even possible for two Senators to move motion on vote of confidence,” Akwashiki said.