Senate Leadership: Akpabio/Barau Have Made Inroads

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By Reporter 

There are indications ahead of the inauguration of the 10th Senate, that the South East Senators-Elect may have endorsed Senator Godswill Akpabio. There are also claims by pro Akpabio’s camp that both Senator Orji Kalu and Senator Osita Izunaso have dumped Senator Abdulaziz Yari.

They explained that Orji Uzor Kalu and Osita Izunaso, will today endorse Godswill Akpabio on the floor of the senate, shortly before commencement of voting.

Both Kalu and Osita were in the camp of former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari who is contesting for Senate President and have since refuswd to step down, despite entreaties from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They added that, both South East senators-elect decided to dump Yari after a meeting with delegation of some Governors.

A source quoted Mohammed Ali Ndume, that 15 senators-elect from the South East, met with Akpabio, after which they reportedly endorsed him as the preferred senate president.

Ndume, the source added, said the former governors from the North, who hitherto, to supported Yari, have joined pro Akpabio’s camp.

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, claimed that the success was in collaboration with the outgoing Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

He reportedly assured that Lawan would work for the emergence of the preferred candidates of the party.

The Governor of Imo state said: “You must have heard, the president in his wisdom organised a small technical committee to help coordinate the process of tomorrow’s (today) election, which by my position as the chair of the Progressive Governors Forum, I am chairing that technical committee.

“We have done so much work to the extent that God has blessed our efforts that the majority of the senators-elect are now in sync with the position of the party.”

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