Senate Presidency: Real Reason Tinubu, APC Endorsed Akpabio, Shettima Opens Up
- The vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima, has endorsed senators-elect Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly
- Shettima voiced his support on Wednesday, May 24, while addressing members of the Stability Group
- The Stability Group is rooting for the emergence of Akpabio and Barau as Senate president and deputy Senate president, respectively
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FCT, Abuja - The vice-president-elect, Kashim Shettima, has said the incoming president, Bola Tinubu, and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) backed Senator Godswill Akpabio for the Senate presidency position ‘to stabilise’ Nigeria.
Shettima stated this on Wednesday, May 24, during a meeting with the Stability Group, Daily Trust reported.
The Stability Group is the campaign team of Senator Akpabio, consisting of senators-elect.
Senator Shettima described the choice of Akpabio as the imminent number three citizen of Nigeria as the best decision made by the leadership of the APC and Tinubu, Vanguard also reported.
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“The president-elect and the vice-president-elect are both Muslims.
“It is in the interest of the stability and unity of this country that the next position be given to the Christian faith, if not, it would further validate the alleged Islamisation agenda of the APC-led administration.”
Akpabio's Senate presidency bid
Tinubu and the ruling APC have adopted Akpabio for the office of the Senate president of the 10th National Assembly.
Earlier this month (May), the APC's National Working Committee (NWC) ratified the arrangement during a special meeting at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
However, the adoption was met with protests.
“Don’t judge me by my performance as a minister”, Akpabio to Nigerians
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Akpabio urged Nigerians and members of the incoming 10th NASS not to judge him using his 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.
Akpabio, Jibrin get backing of 72 non-serving senators to lead 10th Senate
Legit.ng also reported that Akpabio received the backing of 72 non-serving senators of the Third and Fourth Republic to serve as the Senate president of the 10th National Assembly.
In a meeting in Abuja, the non-serving senators expressed their support for the zoning of the position of the Senate president to the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria.