A group under the aegis of Annang Union in Akwa Ibom state has drummed support for Akpabio to emerge as the president of the 10th Senate of Nigeria.
In a communique signed on Thursday by the president of the group, Mr. Nsikak Afia, and secretary, Adaha Emmanuel Etuk respectively, and made available to newsmen in Uyo, the group stated that the organisation has risen in full support of Senator Akpabio’s ambition to become the senate president.
They disclosed that their position was based on the development attribute of the former minority leader in the Senate and the transformation he brought to Akwa Ibom during his tenure as governor.
The communique reads in parts :
“Our support for Senator Godswill Akpabio as the next Senate President is based on his pedigree, antecedents, and record-breaking achievements in law practice, leadership, governance, pragmatism, and philanthropy.
“We state here, without any fear of contradiction that, with Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President, Nigeria and, or Nigerians are in for a new deal in terms of quality lawmaking
that would herald an era of peace, security, unity, massive development and growth of our country.
“As a former Minority Leader of the Senate, we are confident that Senator Godswill Akpabio will come into office with untainted legislative experience that would bring people-oriented legislation and policies.
“Senator Godswill Akpabio is a man of no mean repute, go-gother, mobiliser, visionist, great teacher, and a man of uncommon personage and has the capability, capacity, carriage, intelligence, and wisdom to lead his colleagues, make useful laws, and provide the enabling environment for the present government to deliver on its mandate” the group stated.
The union said they have watched with great concern the goings-on in the polity, particularly, in Akpabio’s Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom, and Nigeria at large have become over the politics of the leadership of the 10th Senate.
“We, the Annangs, have either by an act of omission or commission, relegated ourselves to the background and in the process, unwittingly mortgaged our identity, beliefs, and uniqueness of the Annang man.
“We have observed with pity, the glaring and growing hatred, mudslinging, backstabbing, insult, and calculated attempts by some selfish, unpatriotic, and ungrateful lots within our Senatorial District, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria to malign and pull down a 7- Star General, progressive-minded, resulted-oriented and uncommon performer, simply because he is from Annang.
The group maintained that they have identified with Senator Godswill Akpabio in his quest to become the next Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and appreciate well-meaning Nigerians across ethnic and political divides, who have seen the need to put a square peg in a square hole.
The body congratulated President Asiwagu Ahmed Tinubu on his electoral victory and subsequent swearing-in as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and for his foresightedness, vision, ruggedness, and resilience in supporting its son, Akpabio, for the Senate Presidency Seat.
“We also appreciate the Vice President, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, the vast majority of Nigerians, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, and majority of the members of the 10th Senate, for standing firm for Senator Godswill Akpabio to become the next Senate President in the Red Chambers.
“We call on all Nigerians, from all walks of life, living in the country and in the Diaspora to shun ethnic, religious, and or any parochial sentiments and support the present administration of Tinubu with Akpabio as Senate President.
They therefore pledged their unalloyed loyalty and support to the present administration of Tinubu and Akpabio praying to God to continue to direct, strengthen, guide, and protect them to steer the ship of leadership and give Nigeria the right of place in the comity of nations.
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