Senate Presidency: Condition Set by Tinubu for Akpabio’s Senate Endorsement Revealed
Reports making rounds claims that President-elect Bola Tinubu has imposed a condition on former Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio in order to reach an agreement on a Senate candidate.
According to sources, Tinubu asked Akpabio to produce 60 senators who have endorsed him as proof of his popularity for the Senate presidency race.
Akpabio followed Tinubu to Rivers State earlier this week to persuade him by presenting the 41 senators-elect who supported Tinubu during a state banquet held in Port Harcourt in honour of the President-elect.
“They (senators-elect) are the ones who will evaluate your policies,” Akpabio said. They are the ones who will advise you on a daily basis and will show you complete dedication to bringing peace to Nigeria.
“Mr. President, we have 109 senators, but only 60 are scheduled to be here tonight.” We didn’t have enough planes to transport everyone.”
However, it is unclear whether Akpabio and his colleagues’ show of support was sufficient to meet Tinubu’s condition for endorsement.
According to sources, Tinubu may choose to remain neutral in the leadership elections to avoid the appearance of bias, which could be counterproductive if his preferred candidates do not win.
However, as at the time of filing in this report, Egesgist Media Limited could not independently verify this information from our source as all attempts made to the senator-elect, Akapbio were all abortive.
Senators Orji Uzor Kalu, Sani Musa, Godswill Akpabio, and Abdulaziz Yari are among the candidates vying for the position of Senate President.
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