Minister, Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been singled-out as the only presidential aspirant that would be totally committed to continuing with the fight against insecurity, disunity and implementation of policies and programs of President Muhamadu Buhari, if given the mandate to succeed him.
This was part of the resolutions of a group; National Coalition For Strategic Imapact And Unity (NACOSIU), after its strategic meeting on Wednesday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
According to a statement signed by Alhaji Abdulrahman Bello and Bassey Etim, President and Secretary respectively and made available to press men in Ibadan, “after thorough deliberations and nationwide consultations with stakeholders from other groups, on the way forward for Nigeria as President Buhari prepares to exit office in 2023, we have come to the conclusion that, though he is yet to join the race, Senator Akpabio remains the only aspirant among the lot, that will continue and improve upon the programs and legacies of President Muhamadu.”
The group, in the statement stated further that “having listened to the Minister in one of his statements that the type of President Nigeria needs, post Buhari administration, is that person who will continue with President Buhari’s fight against insecurity, disunity and the economy, we are more than convinced that Akpabio is the only one who fits into the succession agenda of Mr President and should be encouraged to throw in his hat in the ring.”
“We join all well meaning Nigerians, groups and organizations to call on the Hon Minister, Godswill Akpabio, to without any further hesitations, join the presidential race, because he has all it takes to take this country to the next level by continuing with the good legacies of President Buhari, ” the group noted.
The group said,” Akpabio has been tested and he is trusted. He did a lot as a governor, he excelled as a Senator and as a Minister of the Federal Republic, he has never been found wanting. His landmark achievements, through the full support of President Buhari in the corruption infested Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC), the successful completion of the Forensic Audit into the activities of the NDDC stand Akpabio out as the man that has passion for development just like his boss, President Buhari.