Recent reports indicate that there has been opposition to the choice of Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President of the 10th Assembly. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators-elect and the major opposition have rejected his nomination.
Akpabio, a two-time governor of Akwa Ibom, defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress and is set to be deputized by Senator Jibrin Barau from Kano. However, the PDP’s opposition to his nomination highlights the tension surrounding the zoning of principal officers in the 10th National Assembly.
Additionally, the APC caucus has tipped Tajudeen Abass from Kaduna State as the Speaker of the lower legislative Chamber, to be deputized by Benjamin Kalu from Abia State. However, there are concerns about the North-West zone having both the Deputy Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
One senator from the South-South who spoke with DAILY POST anonymously revealed that Akpabio is not in the good books of the PDP, further reinforcing their opposition to his nomination.
He said: “The choice of Akpabio is not acceptable to us. We are the major opposition in the 10th Senate, and APC should listen to us. We don’t want Akpabio.”
“Only 3 out of 36 PDP Senators are backing Akpabio which I know, the Senators-elect are from Rivers State and governor Nyesom Wike urged them to support him.
“He is offering us money but we don’t want his money because he is not principled. He will eventually sell out the Senate if allowed to be the Senate President, the source alleged.
“Remember what he did in 2018/2019. The PDP honoured him as a first-timer in the Senate by giving him an exalted position of Minority Leader.
” Without any just cause, save for his pocket and selfish interest, he abandoned the PDP midstream and joined APC. He was rewarded with a ministerial position. We can’t trust such a person as a Senate President, he is unstable,” the PDP Senator-elect from South-South claimed.