10th Senate: Wike Finally Reveals Preferred Candidate For Senate Presidency
- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, on Tuesday, May 23, declared his support for the ambition of Senator Godswill Akpabio for the office of the senate president
- Wike said it is the time for him to support Akpabio because the former Akwa Ibom state governor supported him when he first aspired for office of Rivers governor
- Wike also stated that he sees nothing wrong in the ruling party picking who it thinks can work with the president-elect as the senate president of the 10th Assembly
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FCT, Abuja - A top chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has said he supports Senator Godswill Akpabio to emerge the next Senate President of Nigeria.
Wike declared his support for the ambition of Akpabio when the candidate and members of the Stability Group, a pro-Akpabio group, visited him on Tuesday, May 23, The Nation reported.
Wike stated that he is reciprocating Akpabio's support, This Day Newspaper also reported.
Wike said during the meeting:
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“This is the time for me to support him (Akpabio) because he supported me when I wanted to be the governor of Rivers State.
“If truly we want this country to move forward from where we are today, I see nothing wrong in the ruling party picking who it thinks can work with the President-elect as the Senate President of the 10th Assembly.
"On this Akpabio and Barau project we are together to make sure they win."
The Rivers governor added:
“Akpabio supported me during my governorship ambition.
"He stood by me all through and ensured that I won. I don’t pay back good with evil."
Akpabio's ambition to be senate president
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) zoned the country’s number three position to south-south geopolitical zone. The party went further to name Akpabio as its preferred candidate.
Following the development, some national assembly members-elect nursing ambitions to be presiding officers kicked against the zoning arrangement.
Recently, Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara, said he is still in the race to be senate president.
Akpabio, Jibrin get backing of 72 non-serving senators to lead 10th Senate
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Akpabio has been backed by 72 non-serving senators of the Third and Fourth Republic to serve as the Senate president of the 10th National Assembly.
The non-serving senators, in a meeting in Abuja, expressed their support for the zoning of the position of the Senate president to the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria.
“Don’t judge me by my performance in Buhari’s cabinet”, Akpabio begs Nigerians, senators-elect
Legit.ng also reported that Akpabio urged Nigerians and members of the incoming 10th National Assembly not to judge him using his brief tenure as minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
The former governor of Akwa Ibom state said he preferred to be judged by his record as a lawyer of 36 years, a commissioner for six years, and a governor for eight years.