Senator Ali Ndume has said President Bola Tinubu told him that Senator Godswill Akpabio is his preferred candidate for the President of the 10th Senate.
On Politics Today on Channels Television on Wednesday, Ndume made this statement.
The 10th National Assembly’s four primary roles were designated by the All Progressives Congress in May, and each position was filled by a different elected MP.
Senator Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom is the Senate President for the South-South, and Senator Barau Jibrin of Kano is the Deputy Senate President for the North-West.
Others are the Speaker of the House of Representatives (North-West) – Abass Tajudeen (Kaduna); and Deputy Speaker, South East-Hon. Ben Kalu (Abia).
Ndume who is representing Borno South at the Senate also that the President won’t change his stance on the leadership of the 10th Senate.
Admitting strong competition from the camp of the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, Ndume revealed that 75 out of 109 members have already queued behind the ambition of Akpabio as of today.
“As of today, I am telling you we have 75 senators. All advantages are on our side. We have the support of the party, we have the support of the president, and most importantly we have the support of most of the senators. These senators signed up to endorse our programme,” Ndume said.
While maintaining confidence in the ability of the Akpabio camp to carry the day during the election, the Borno lawmaker did not rule out surprises as he acknowledged that people can change their minds at the last minute.
“Let’s say that some people will jump over at the last minute, that can happen, but I am very confident. I don’t want to be overconfident because people can change their minds, but we have a better candidate.
We have two candidates that are in front now, that is Yari and Akpabio and our candidate has all the advantages over the other candidate, politically and intellectually, we have an added advantage,” he stated.