Godswill Akpabio, a former Senate minority leader representing Akwa Ibom Northwest, has described President-elect Bola Tinubu as “God’s own choice’’ for the country’s leadership.
He noted that Mr Tinubu’s incoming regime required the support of dynamic legislative leadership to work together to deliver promises made to Nigerians.
Mr Akpabio, who is running for Senate president, stated this when he and the ‘Stability Group’ (consisting of 69 senators-elect) met with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos to seek his support to become.
The former Akwa Ibom governor said he would deploy multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and national approaches to law-making if he became the Senate president.
He said the Senate, under his leadership, would have complete control over its affairs without being confrontational with the executive arm of government.
Mr Akpabio said he and his proposed deputy would work with Mr Tinubu’s regime to improve the country and make laws supporting development.
“The ‘Stability Group’ of the 10th Senate is made up of men and women of integrity. We came to present ourselves to the Lagos state governor and to solicit his support,” the senator explained. “He has thrown his support behind us. He has shown so much hospitality. Today, he endorsed my humble self as president of the 10th Senate and Senator Jibrin as deputy Senate president-designate.”
Mr Akpabio added, “We are not taking this support for granted. This team has senators-elect from different political backgrounds and parties.”
The former Akwa Ibom governor stated that the group was determined to ensure collaboration and support for Mr Tinubu.
“We want Senator Tinubu to replicate what has happened in Lagos in the last 24 years of democracy to cover the rest of the country. Particularly, we are challenged by the economy,” stated Mr Akpabio. “We want to see serious improvement in the internally-generated revenue of the nation to enable us to repay our loans.”
The senator explained that “we want to see more foreign direct investments. We will support Tinubu through favourable legislation to ensure Nigeria remains investment-friendly and the business destination in Africa.”