Senator Godswill Akpabio, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, is losing support from legislators, according to Senator Abdulaziz Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State.
The emergence of the leadership of the 10th National Assembly has caused conflict inside the All Progressives Congress (APC) and among MPs from the opposition party.
Akpabio and Senator Barau Jubrin are rumoured to have received the support of President Bola Tinubu and other APC members for the position of Senate President. Some party leaders, however, disagree with the development.
Speaking over the weekend, Senator Yari, who is running for the 10th Senate Presidency, claimed that the majority of lawmakers have already defected from Akpabio’s side and are now supporting him.
The campaign director-general of the Yari for Senate president group, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, disclosed this, stating that no one in Nigeria has more money to spend on politics than a former governor of a South-South state.
ENIGERIA learned that Senator Ibrahim said this in reaction to a statement credited to his counterpart of the Akpabio campaign group, Senator Ali Ndume, over the weekend that Senator Yari’s only claim to the Senate presidency was money.
The Yari campaign DG said, “Ndume might have read the handwriting on the wall that majority of the Senators are deserting Akpabio and shifting their support to our good-natured candidate, Abdulaziz, and is therefore in a panic mood, which brought about that preposterous statement.
“That careless outburst has further brightened the chances of distinguished Senator Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar to clinch the presidency of the Senate.”