Ahead of the opening of the 10th National Assembly on June 13, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has asked Godswill Akpabio and Barau Jibrin to contact other contestants.
He spoke in Abuja when he addressed 76 non-serving senators. Seventy-two sitting senators last week endorsed former Senate Leader Akpabio for the position of Senate President.
The convener of the group, Senator Basheer Lado, who represented Kano Central in the 7th Senate, said the decision of the former senators was driven by the need for fairness, justice, and political expediency, as they said they represented. Zoning of the position of Senate President in the South-South geopolitical zone
According to him, the 70 non-serving senators from the second to the fourth republic reconciled with the former governor of Akwa Ibom State on the ground that the position of Senate President is the third position in the hierarchy of the current democratic governance in the country. The meeting was attended by the former president of the Senate of the Second Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute, although the Minister of Special Duties, George Akume, was also present.
Former Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Barnabas Gemade, who was reconciled by Akpabio
Speaking, the former governor of Akwa Ibom said, "I am excited that God will bring you all to life. It is a family, and I am very proud to be a part of it. I also want to invite you not only to support us but to support us with your prayers, because I see that this is a war. But I see it as a storm in a teacup.
"For me, the priorities are very clear: an inclusive Senate that works for Nigeria and that we are all proud of. We must support the administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. With Tinubu, we can pay our debts."
Ayade said, “Leadership takes time to mature; let us support the candidate of Mr. President. I will always support someone who has capacity, and I know Akpabio has capacity. Let us move from emotional calculations to where my belt is going." It is not enough to support him; we must reach out to our brothers, who still insist that they must compete. We show them love. It is love that drives out hate.
“We are with Senator Akpabio and Jibrin as leaders of the 10th Senate. Our constitution provides for the separation of powers. APC does not include any group in the parliament." Since May 29, the leadership of this party has been under Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He is the president, and he makes the decisions. The least we can do is respect him.
“Nigeria is a leader in Africa, and the world is watching. Whatever happens in the Nigeria Senate is seen as a reflection of African politics.
"Our people cannot afford to watch a terrible dance. We must have a smooth transition. The independence of the legislative power is guaranteed in the constitution, but it comes from the executive power.
Source; The Sunnews Online Reports
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