No politician in southern Nigeria is more qualified than Akpabio – Ojo

A security expert, Jackson Ojo, has won his backing for the emergence of outgoing Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabi, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.

Responding to a question while speaking with reporters in Abuja yesterday about why he chose Akpabio and Tambuwal, Ojo said: “Let me start with Akpabio. Akpabio belongs to this age bracket one, Akpabio started as commissioner under Victor Attah, and after that he became Governor of Akwa Ibom State, an uncommon Governor of Akwa Ibom State who, during his tenure as governor, had no rival, comparison, no one to compare with him in terms of his accomplishments as governor.

“I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me. Second, after that he went to the Senate. Senate rule does not allow a newbie to be made a senior officer, but Akpabio went to the senate for the first time and became a senior officer as a minority leader. After that, he moved to the ruling APC and he is currently Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

“So today, I correct myself, there is no politician from the South, whether from the East, West and North and South-South who has such a political profile of Akpabio .

“In the realm of achievements, I correct myself again, Southern Nigeria does not yet have a Governor like Akpabio. And I pray that Southern Nigeria will have a Governor who will work so hard for the benefit of his people.

“I don’t think there is anyone to compare to Akpabio and if what Babangida said is anything to say, Akpabio represents that band”

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