10th Senate Presidency: Huge Setback for Akpabio as APC, Tinubu Allegedly Withdraw Support, Details Emerge

10th Senate Presidency: Huge Setback for Akpabio as APC, Tinubu Allegedly Withdraw Support, Details Emerge

  • President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reportedly withdrawn his support for Senator Godswill Akpabio in the race for the Senate president
  • The new Nigerian leader is said to have heeded the advice of his trusted associates
  • Akpabio is one of the leading candidates for the Senate presidency seat and was announced as the APC's choice in May

FCT, Abuja - President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have reportedly withdrawn their support for Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Recall that the APC had announced the zoning of the 10th Senate presidency to the south-south and nominated Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, as its preferred candidate.

10 Senate Presidency, Godswill Akpabio, President Bola Tinubu
The APC leadership and President Bola Tinubu have allegedly backed out of Godswill Akpabio’s endorsement for the Senate President seat. Photo credits: Godswill Obot Akpabio, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Felix Morka, the spokesperson of the party, in a statement on Monday, May 8, said the APC National Working Committee (NWC) reached the conclusion after consultation with Tinubu and other stakeholders.

However, strong indications have now suggested that Akpabio's candidacy may have hit a brick wall as President Tinubu is said to have withdrawn his support for him in the contest for the Senate president in the 10th National Assembly, Vanguard reported.

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The 10th National Assembly will be inaugurated this month (June).

Most of the president's trusted political allies reportedly asked him not to support Akpabio, a piece of advice he was said to have obliged, The Guardian also reported.

As it stands, it is believed that President Tinubu has tacitly withdrawn his support for Akpabio as it concerns the race for the 10th Senate presidency.

10th Senate Presidency: Southwest caucus against APC's choice of leadership

It is understood that the southwest caucus of the red chamber called for a meeting on Thursday, May 1, to take a decision on who to support.

A senator from one of the states in the southwest region said:

“We have seen the follies in remaining in this camp, it will not work.
"We have fixed a meeting for Thursday where we are going to chart our next line of action.”

Senate Presidency: Orji Kalu opens up on plot with Yari against Akpabio

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chief whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, made a revelation regarding his move to secure the 10th Senate presidency seat.

Kalu, the former governor of Abia state, insisted that he would not withdraw his bid for the presidency of the incoming legislature, especially the choice of Godswill Akpabio, the APC's anointed candidate.

The Abia North senator disclosed that he is in alliance with Abdul’aziz Yari, a former Zamfara state governor and a frontline contender, and their decisions would soon be made public.

Source: Legit.ng

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