No fewer than 72 non-serving senators have endorsed former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, as the tussle for the position of President of the 10th Senate gets tougher.
Speaking on behalf of the group, a former senator representing Kano Central, Basheer Lado, in a press conference in Abuja on Monday, expressed support for the zoning of the position of the president of the 10th senate, to the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria
“We, in the spirit of equity, fairness, political expediency and following extensive consultations with stakeholders, hereby express our total support for the zoning of the position of the president of the 10th senate, to the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria,” he said.
“We also affirm our unfettered support for the position of the president of the 10th Senate who also doubles as the chairman of the national assembly to be conferred on His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON.
He added that the position of senate president represents the third position in the hierarchy of our current democratic dispensational and that this position “carries considerable weight in discharging vital constitutional responsibilities and charting the right course for our national development.”
“It is also important that the holder of such a position enjoys the confidence and support of the party leadership and that of his peers as Senator Godswill Akpabio undoubtedly does.
“With this same spirit of fairness, we also affirm our solid support that the position of deputy president of the 10th senate is conceded to distinguished senator Barau I. Jubril, CON, representing Kano north senatorial zone, Kano state.”
Amidst all the support received from some persons in the All Progressives Congress, Akpabio has not formally declared his intention to run for the presidency seat.
See the list of the senators here:
Binta Masi Garba
Felix Kolawole Bajomo
Ocheja Emma Dangana
Jack Tilley Gyado
Mohammed A. Mohammed
Ishaq Adebayo Salman
Fatima Raji Rasaki
Margery Chuba Okadigbo
Abubakar Abdullahi Naamo