Leading politicians in Northern Nigeria on Tuesday described the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio as “a patriot and a man of great personal charm.’’
“Senator Godswill Akpabio is a man of impeccable credentials and reputation, an excellent organiser, the embodiment of good temper and affability. He will renew the spirit of patriotism in Nigeria, consider the public needs and opinions, provide stability in the Senate and institute massive amounts of change in the country.’’
The key players in the politics of the North-West, North-East and North-Central spoke about Akpabio in a more positive and trustworthy light.
They praised the former Senate Minority leader to high heavens for his sterling leadership qualities, devotion to service to the people and the fatherland, commitment to national unity, social stability and economic development.
“Senator Godswill Akpabio will be overwhelmingly elected. He will organise a more effective Senate and support the executive to lead the nation out of its dark predicament.
Leader of Northern People’s Forum (NPF), Alhaji Gambo Aminu, in a news conference in Kano made the views of the Northern politicians known Tuesday evening.
“Northerners are more disposed to Akpabio because of his antecedents’’.
The leaders advised Orji Uzor Kalu, Abdulaziz Yari, Osita Izunaso and others to quit the race.
Particularly, the notable politicians hailed Akpabio for constantly displaying an amazing amount of courage, making an impact on mankind and giving his best for the good of the people.
“Senator Godswill Akpabio is a beacon of hope and inspiration to the generality of our people. It was his courage, stamina and persistence that led the way to the ruling party’s great performance in the South-South zone’’.
The statement emphasized hard work, integrity, efficiency, dignity and discipline.
The northern politicians applauded Akpabio for enhancing the political empowerment of women and youths, carrying out the business of governance in an open, participatory and transparent atmosphere and improving the standard of living of the people.
The statement also underscored Akpabio’s competence, divine grace, intellectual capacity, vision, organizational skills and commitment to the greatness of Nigeria, ability to perceive reality and deal with it accordingly.
“The dream of a greater Senate will be realised with an Akpabio Presidency.’’
The leaders extolled the former Akwa Ibom State governor for his resounding achievements in education, health, agriculture, industry, public works, transport, poverty alleviation and other sectors of service delivery.
They also acknowledged Akpabio’s positive contribution to peace and development in the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.