Akpabio Planning to Dump Senate Presidential Race? Full Details Emerge

Akpabio Planning to Dump Senate Presidential Race? Full Details Emerge

  • The former minister of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has no plan to forgo his ambition to be Senate president
  • A former commission in Edo state has debunked the claim that Godswill Akpabio is stepping down from contesting for the Senate presidency
  • Kassima Afegbua said Akpabio is still in the race for the Senate president position alongside other lawmakers

Reports that Senator Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stepped down from the race to clinch the Senate president's seat in the 10th National Assembly have been debunked.

A former commissioner for information in Edo state, Kassim Afegbua, confirmed that Akpabio is still in the race for the Senate presidency.

The Punch reports that the former commission also noted that Akpabio, the senator-elect for Akwa Ibom Northwest Senatorial district, has no plan to drop out from the race.

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Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senate president, 2023 general election
There are no plans for Godswill Akpabio to dump the race for Senate presidency. Photo: Godswill Akpabio
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He said the rumour that Akpabio is considering exiting the race to settle for a “juicy ministerial appointment" has no truth.

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Afegbua's words:

“There is no truth in the rumours that Senator Godswill Akpabio is considering abandoning his quest to emerge as the next Senate President of the country. The public should disregard any such report as it is merely an act of mischief by those who are developing cold feet, having seen the handwriting on the wall that they are going to lose the race to Senator Godswill Akpabio.
“To put it in clear and unambiguous terms, Godswill Obot Akpabio, remains the man to beat and has not, and will not by any stroke of imagination step down from this aspiration. He remains the best man for the job, both for the south-south geopolitical zone and Nigeria at large.”

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He also described Akpabio as a proven administrator with origins and faith, whose emergence would provide the APC and Tinubu presidency with the best opportunity to achieve a balanced and inclusive government.

Real reason Orji Kalu cannot become next Senate president finally emerges

The ambition of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has been faced with a major threat from a former southeast lawmaker.

The lawmaker who represented Abia North senatorial district in the 8th Assembly, Mao Ohuabunwa, said Kalu should not be given the Senate president's seat because he has pending cases with the EFCC.

Ohuabunwa further said the two-time governor of Abia state has nothing good to offer his people with such a powerful position.

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Meanwhile, the Senate presidential seat race has reached a fever pitch ahead of the May 29 transition of the 10th National Assembly.

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Senator Ali Ndume of Borno State officially joined the race making him one of the big names vying for the coveted position.

His declaration makes it the second time he would declare interest in the number one seat at the red chambers.

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