- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the Stability Group, comprising of Senators-elect and led by Senator Godswill Akpabio
- Akpabio is vying for the role of the Senate President, and Senator Barau Jibrin is contesting for the role of the Deputy Senate President of the 10th Assembly
- Sanwo-Olu aligned himself with the APC’s zoning decision concerning the top positions for the leadership of the National Assembly
Ikeja, Lagos State – A top candidate for the position of the Senate President of Nigeria, Godswill Akpabio, has received the endorsement of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In a similar vein, Sanwo-Olu revealed his support for Barau Jibrin for the 10th House of Representatives’ Speakership, PM News reported.
Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, was in Lagos on Sunday, May 14, where he sought the support of Governor Sanwo-Olu, Nigerian Tribune also reported.
Reacting to the endorsement, Akpabio said:
“We are not taking this support for granted; this team has senators-elect from different political backgrounds and parties.
“We are determined to ensure collaboration and support for the incoming administration of Senator Bola Tinubu whose presidency is a nationalistic project that will bring positive development to Nigeria.”
Akpabio: Former presidential aspirant confirms endorsement
Speaking on Governor Sanwo-Olu’s endorsement of Akpabio, a former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, confirmed the development via a Twitter update.
“On Sunday, Governor Sanwo-Olu endorsed The Akpabio/Barau joint ticket for SP and DSP of the 10th assembly, respectively.”
Akpabio, APC’s anointed candidate
Recently, the APC nominated Akpabio, who is from the south-south region, as senate president while Barau Jibrin, senator representing Kano north, was recommended as deputy senate president.
Abbas Tajudeen was nominated as the speaker of the house of representatives and Benjamin Kalu was recommended for the deputy speaker position.
However, the nominations were met with stiff resistance: Not long ago, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) called on the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) to reclaim its statesmanship by immediately reversing the decision on Senator Akpabio as preferred candidate for the position of the Senate President in the 10th National Assembly.
The APC hierarchy promised to look into their grievances and revert.
10th NASS: Shettima reveals why Tinubu chose Akpabio over Kalu, others
Meanwhile, Hotnewsdrop.com earlier reported that the vice-president-elect, Senator Kashim Shettima revealed that Akpabio was nominated for the Senate Presidency by the President-elect, Bola Tinubu to avoid the “negative narrative of Islamization.”
The former governor of Borno stated this on Friday, May 12 during a meeting with Hon Tajudeen Abbas, the anointed candidate of Tinubu for the speakership seat of the House of Representatives.
Akpabio’s Senate President bid suffers major setback as kinsmen calls for open contest
Hotnewsdrop.com also reported that the Niger Delta Youth Congress (NDYC) became the latest pro-democratic outfit to critique the concept of zoning for the principal offices of the Senate and House of Representatives.
Akpabio’s kinsmen said the principal offices of the national assembly should not be subjected to zoning.
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