The emergence of former Niger Delta Minister, Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President of the National Assembly, has been described as a welcomed development.
Akpabio defeated Abdulaziz Yari in the election to succeed Ahmed Lawan as the Uncommon President of the 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with a total vote of 63 against 46.
Speaking with TNN in an interview, the Director General of Eneka Today, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Mr. Maxwell Onuma, expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the election.
Onuma remarked that Akpabio’s antecedents qualified him. He also charged South south governors and those in the opposition party to support Akpabio, stressing that since the inception of Democracy in 1999, this was the first time the South South was opportune to lead the national assembly.
According to Onuma, “This is a welcome development, considering that his emergence was as a result of almost a seemingly consensus candidate for the All Progressives Congress, also the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria also endorsed him as his preferred candidate.
“Also, looking at his antecedent, looking at what he has done to merit the name ‘uncommon governor’, we believe that the emergence of the Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio is a good one.
“Again, since the inception of 1999 democracy, the South South has not had this opportunity to lead the national assembly, so, it’s also a welcomed development for the entire people of the South South, having this opportunity to lead the national assembly, and we believe in the capacity of the Distinguished Senator Godswill Akpabio to lead the national assembly to make quality and good legislative law for the people of Nigeria. It’s a good one.”
To the governors and opposition party leaders and followers in the South south, Eneka Today DG advised thus, “it simply means for the South south governors, South south leaders in all political parties; this is the time to rally around one of them, to give him the required support, irrespective of the party, irrespective of the differences.
“So, my advice to the governors in the South south is to cooperate, align and give the distinguished senator Godswill Akpabio the necessary support that he requires from his own, it’s a good one for the South south.”
To Akpabio he said, “well, quality legislative law, looking at where Nigeria is coming from, we have seen the antecedents of the president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he started hitting the ground running from the first day, my advice for the distinguished senate president is for him to follow suit, support the president, make quality laws and ensure that Nigerians gain the result of democracy through legislative law making.”