Godswill Akpabio, a candidate for the Senate presidency, and his team have met with the leadership of the Labour Party (LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in their campaign.
Only a day after meeting with the APC leadership, Akpabio, and his campaign staff met with the two opposition parties. His running mate, Barau Jibril, also attended.
Speaking to the National Working Committee of the NNPP, which is being led by its acting national chairman, Abba-Kawu Ali, Akpabio declared that his team, the Stability Group, was determined to win the backing of the opposition party’s leadership prior to the National Assembly’s inauguration on June 13, 2023.
He said, “Membership of the Stability Group cuts across party lines, and we are doing extensive consultations. We have never had a situation where we had 8 political parties like we are going to have in the 10th National Assembly.”
Akpabio also confirmed that the President-elect met with the presidential candidate of the NNPP, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
He said, “In the House, we are blind to party affiliations, and that’s why we are moving to meet our leaders. I thank you for receiving us. I want to thank your national leader, Kwankwaso, for the meeting he is having with our president-elect, Bola Tinubu, and I hope the meeting will be fruitful for the progress of the nation.”
The former Senate leader and current Senator representing Borno South and Director-General of the Akpabio Campaign Organisation, Ali Ndume, who spoke at the meeting, said his group has secured the signatures of 69 Senators elect supporting the aspirations of Senators Akpabio and Jubrin.
He said, “We want you to support this stability group; we have 69; who have signed. It isn’t about Akpabio or Jibrin. What the country needs now is stability, and that’s why we called the group the Stability Group.”