Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed support for the ambitions of Godswill Akpabio and Barau Jibrin as president and deputy president of the 10th Senate, respectively.
Mr Sanwo-Olu expressed his support at a meeting with members of the ‘Stability Group’ consisting of 69 senators-elect, who had already endorsed Messrs Akpabio and Jibrin.
The Lagos governor said the All Progressives Congress nomination process was in order to pave the way for the election of Senate leadership. He noted that Akpabio’s team possessed the political credentials and leadership qualities to bring about uncommon transformation in the country.
The governor said he aligned with APC’s zoning decision, having read the legislative agenda initiated by the Akpabio-led group to raise the bar of law-making.
He stressed that it was instructive that the group was prepared to collaborate with the incoming administration of President-elect Bola Tinubu.
“Having discussed plans and agenda presented by ‘Stability Group’ led by Senator Akpabio extensively, I believe it is appropriate that we, in Lagos state, give them our official endorsement,” stated Mr Sanwo-Olu.
He added, “This is a project for the stability of the country, which will benefit Nigerians, especially the people who elected these distinguished lawmakers-elect.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu asserted that they “are committed to working harmoniously with the executive arm of government, and this will bring about a win-win for all our citizens and for democracy,” encouraging other lawmakers-elect “to fall in line.”
“The diversity they are preaching is reflected in the number of senators-elect in the group; it is not one party. The membership cuts across all parties that are represented in the National Assembly,” explained the Lagos governor. “I believe the incoming 10th National Assembly will be about great possibilities and shaping new course for the nation.”
Mr Sanwo-Olu noted that “given the outstanding profile and experience Senator Akpabio and his group are bringing to the table, I believe there will be new standards and new legislative records will break,” urging the “incoming Senate leadership to surpass whatever achievements recorded by the Ninth Senate.”