Reports have emerged that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has allegedly backed out of endorsing the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, for the position of Senate President.
A source within the APC who spoke to ENIGERIA revealed that Tinubu had decided to back out of the endorsement after consultations with some party leaders.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, had announced the endorsement of Senator Godswill Akpabio and three others for the topmost positions in the National Assembly.
Senator Akpabio from South-South was endorsed for Senate president, Senator Jubrin Barau from North-West for Deputy Senate President, Tajudeen Abass, North-West for speaker, House of Representatives and Kanu, South-East, for deputy speaker.
However, the source who is an APC ranking senator, also claimed that Tinubu was not happy with the way Akpabio had been running his campaign, and that he felt that Akpabio was not the best person to lead the Senate.
Here are some additional details from the source:
- The source claimed that Tinubu had been unhappy with Akpabio’s campaign for some time, and that he had been considering backing out of the endorsement for a while.
- The source also claimed that Tinubu felt that Akpabio was not the best person to lead the Senate, and that he was not qualified for the position.
- He did not state who Tinubu would be endorsing for Senate President instead of Akpabio.
However, Akpabio’s camp has denied the allegation, and has said that Akpabio is still the APC’s preferred candidate for Senate President.
However, this does raise some interesting questions about the APC’s plans for the Senate Presidency.
It will be interesting to see if Tinubu does indeed back out of the endorsement, and who he will endorse instead.