Ganduje projects Akpabio as next Senate President

Ganduje projects Akpabio as next Senate President

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have decided to zone the next Senate President to the South-South geopolitical region of the nation, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje announced.

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) had previously suggested that the Senate President be assigned to either the South-east or South-south regions.

In a video posted online by African Independent Television (AIT), Mr. Ganduje said that the APC governors had decided to back Godswill Akpabio, the former governor of Akwa Ibom.

Mr. Ganduje and a few of his fellow governors, including Ben Ayade of Cross River State, could be seen on the video.

In addition, they suggested using the positions of majority leader, deputy majority leader, and chief whip as compensation for those who might be asked to withdraw from consideration for one of the four presiding officer positions.

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“The Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will come from the South-south and no other person than the former governor of Akwa Ibom , the uncommon governor, the uncommon minister who will be the uncommon president of the senate,” Ganduje said.

“We have resolved that, so we are giving you assurance. We are waiting for the D-Day to be the Senate President of Nigeria.”

In his part, Mr Ayade expressed gratitude to the APC governors for zoning the senate president to his geopolitical region.

“I want to also thank you so much for actually zoning the president of the Senate to South-south and to our brother from our neighbouring state who is also part of Cross River State. We celebrate him and thank you for giving us this opportunity.”

“We want to thank you for this great opportunity because our dream of a Bakassi seaport is becoming very real.”

Aside from Akpabio, others in the race for include Osita Izunaso, a senator representing Imo West Senatorial District; Uzor Orji Kalu, the Senate chief whip; Barau Jibrin, chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation; Ahmad Lawan, incumbent Senate president; Danjuma Goje, former governor of Gombe; and Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo State governor.

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