Senate Presidency: Obasanjo’s son endorses Akpabio, urges senators-elect to support APC’s zoning (

Senate Presidency: Obasanjo’s son endorses Akpabio, urges senators-elect to support APC’s zoning


Olujonwo Obasanjo, one of the sons of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has endorsed the bid of former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio for the Senate presidency.

The former presidents son, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also supported the candidature of Abbas Tajudeen as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The National Working Committee of APC had nominated Messrs Akpabio and Tajudeen as Senate President and House speaker for the 10th National Assembly.

Other aspirants for the two offices and their supporters have criticised the nominations on the zoning formula adopted by the party.

But, the vice presidentelect, Kashim Shettima, on Friday said the nominations were considered in order to ensure that the party balances religion in the political leadership of the country.

Mr Obasanjo, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Saturday, appealed to the federal lawmakerselect to support the nominations of the APC.

He said Mr Akpabio is qualified for the office, having demonstrated loyalty to the party and to the presidentelect, Bola Tinubu.

Senator Akpabio obtained APCs presidential nomination form but on the night of the primary, he was the first aspirant to step down for the now presidentelect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he said.

Senator Akpabio has earned the respect and trust of the leadership of the party and the presidentelect and all other stakeholders.

Therefore, his nomination as the next president of the Senate is very welcome.

The former presidents son also claimed that Mr Abass possesses the qualities to be a good Speaker of the House of Representatives.


Tajudeen Abasss exceptional contribution to lawmaking alone is enough to secure him the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, he said.


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