- Senator Godswill Akpabio continues to face mounting opposition in his quest to be a minister
- A group, Ibom Integrity and Servant Leadership Culture Initiative, is at the forefront of the opposition to Akpabio
- The group described the former governor as a politician with no recognizable political structure
A group, Ibom Integrity and Servant Leadership Culture Initiative has reiterated its call that President Muhammadu Buhari should not appoint former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio as a minister in his cabinet.
The group in a statement by its executive vice president, Dr. Asuquo Edidem Etim said it stands by its earlier petition to the president, stressing that its complaint echoes the inner thoughts of many members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom and the entire south-south states.
The group had earlier petitioned the president on the need not to appoint Akpabio into the federal executive council, describing the former governor as a politician with no recognizable political structure.
Part of the statement read: “Our key interest in this regard is to ensure that President Buhari's second tenure is remarkably better than the previous one, essentially, by the choice of personnel he recruits to assist him actualize his Next Level programmes.
“The few controversies around his government in the first term, as we noted in our letter, were apparently as a result of the unethical or insensitive actions of some of the former ministers, whose conducts were contrary to Mr. President's renowned discipline and conservative nature.”
The group stated that contrary to suggestions that he is a political heavyweight, Akpabio does not have enough supporters.
“It was expected that a politician of that stature would be able to at least command the loyalty and following of at least half of the members of the House of Assembly, but he came almost empty handed with a lot of distracting noise.
“The three members that later joined him came with a huge baggage of controversy that robbed off on the party negatively. He couldn't even convince his own cousin who was a commissioner in the state to join him. The situation was that bad.
“So, when PDP cleared all the 13 NASS seats (including his own), won 20 of the 21 House of Assembly seats in the state and retained the governorship of the state, it became very clear that we had actually overrated his electoral value and influence.
“The huge repugnance against the person of Akpabio and his politics robbed the party of its popularity and victory,” the group added.
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Meanwhile, the coalition of the Northern Civil Society and Social Cultural Movement for Peace, Development and United Nigeria, has said that the current zoning formula of the APC best suits Senator Ovie Omo’Agege for the deputy Senate presidency slot.
The group with branches in all the 19 northern states and beyond, also stressed that Omo-Agege's emergence will give all regions a sense of belonging, especially the south in the current leadership equation of the country.
The movement’s national president, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Doma, called on the leadership of the APC to stand by their earlier decision to zone the position of the deputy Senate resident to the south-south.
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