In the final hours leading up to the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, rumors have been circulating regarding the outgoing Senate President, Ahmad Lawan’s alleged support for Senator Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President. However, Apples Bite Magazine has gathered reliable information from sources close to Senator Lawan, revealing that he has not officially declared or endorsed Senator Akpabio or any other senator vying for the position.
According to our source, “Senator Lawan is keeping his preferred candidate close to his chest.”
Clearly, Senator Akpabio’s camp is jittery and pushing an agenda in the media to market their candidate for the top job in the Senate. When asked about a photo circulating in the media, that had Senators Akpabio, Lawan, and President Tinubu in what appeared to have been taken after a closed-door meeting, our source clarified, “There was no closed-door meeting between Senator Lawan, the President, and Akpabio. The photo was taken on inauguration day.”
Recent developments indicate that some Senators-elect, who were previously voicing support for Senator Godswill Akpabio’s bid for the Senate Presidency, are now reconsidering their stance. Several senators-elect have expressed concerns over Akpabio’s alleged disrespect towards the legislature during his tenure as the Minister of Niger Delta. Akpabio openly accused National Assembly members of profiting from lucrative contracts in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) without providing substantial evidence.