The youth wing of Nigerias ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Northwest, has publicly endorsed Godswill Akpabio and Barau Jibrin as their preferred choices for Senate President and Deputy Senate President, respectively.
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The group believes that the selection of Akpabio, who hails from the Southsouth, and Jibrin from the Northwest, will help foster national unity and build the confidence of party members across Nigeria.
They highlighted that both Senators possess a wealth of experience and have established track records of achievement.
In a statement, the Northwest APC Youths Leader, Abdulhamid Umar Mohd, emphasized that both Akpabio and Jibrin have wide acceptance across the country due to their contributions to the victory of the presidentelect in the recent polls.
The choice of Akpabio and Jibrin is highly appropriate as they both made significant contributions to ensure Tinubus election win, Mohd said.
He further outlined how Akpabio had set aside his own presidential ambitions to support Bola Tinubu, and Jibrins efforts were instrumental to APCs victory in the Northwest.
Mohd pointed out the strategic importance of their regions, highlighting that Southsouth had given the secondhighest votes for the party, only behind Southwest which is the home region of the Presidentelect.
Moreover, the Northwest had the highest vote share in the North, with Kano State consistently giving APC the highest votes in every election since the partys inception.
The youth leader argued for the importance of experienced leaders who are ready to support Presidentelect Tinubu.
We need panNigerians who have been tested and trusted, proven worthy of integrity, character, and prudent management to lead the Senate.
Hence, the choice of Akpabio and Jibrin Mohd said.
Given that the Presidentelect and Vice Presidentelect hail from the Southwest and Northeast respectively, Mohd proposed that the Senate Presidents role be zoned to the Southsouth and the Deputy Senate President to the Northwest, reinforcing that Akpabio and Barau are both experienced and competent lawmakers.