...By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Members of Ntipe Ibibio Unity Mission, a group representing Senator Godswill Akpabio’s kinsmen, have issued a strong warning to those urging the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconsider its zoning arrangement.
The group emphasizes that any attempt to sideline Akpabio would be counterproductive and detrimental to the party.
Opposition to Zoning Review:
According to Amb Okon Mkpafit, the convener of Ntipe Ibibio Unity Mission, the APC should resist pressure to revise the zoning arrangement.
The APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) had previously allocated positions, such as the Senate President and Speaker, based on zoning criteria.
Controversies Surrounding Zoning:
The party’s zoning decisions have faced criticism from some party members, leading to speculations about a possible review of the initial zoning arrangement.
However, Akpabio’s kinsmen stress that removing him from the equation would have negative repercussions and urge the party to uphold its choices.
Support for Akpabio:
Akpabio’s kinsmen express their unwavering support for him and his bid to become the Senate President in the 10th National Assembly.
They call on other APC chieftains, members, and contestants to rally behind Akpabio, highlighting the significance of maintaining the APC’s zoning decision.
Reclaiming South-South Senate Presidency:
The group emphasizes that the South-South region has not held the position of Senate President since the Second Republic in 1979 when Senator Joseph Wayas assumed the role.
They urge all senators-elect to join forces in realizing the South-South Senate Presidency and back Senator Godswill Akpabio’s candidacy for the position.
As pressure mounts to review the APC’s zoning arrangement, Senator Godswill Akpabio’s kinsmen caution against sidelining him.
They emphasize the importance of upholding the party’s choices and highlight the significance of having a South-South representative as Senate President.
The support for Akpabio’s candidacy underscores the efforts to secure the position in the 10th National Assembly and urges unity among APC members.