A regional social-cultural group, Pan Niger Delta Forum, has described the emergence of Senator Godswill Akpabio as the President of the 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as a balance in the national government.
This remark was made in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the group on Tuesday, Ken Robinson.
According to the Forum, Senator Akpabio’s emergence has provided some degree of balance in the national government.
Analysing the process of the election that produce Akpabio as the Senate President, the Forum described the imperious attempt by some groups and individuals to impose an “all-Muslim” leadership on the country as not only unfortunate but also incendiary.
The forum stated that the “Power balance” to national order at this time of our democratic experience, and existence as a nation, cannot be overstated.
According to the forum, the 63 Senators who voted for Senator Akpabio to emerge as Senate President are true patriots, who stood for equity, fairness, and justice.
“We salute their courage and statesmanship in putting Nigeria’s unity and stability before parochial interests.
“We thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress for their firm resolve on the zoning of the Senate presidency to the South-South, and for following through on it.
“PANDEF is confident that Senator Godswill Akpabio, with his wealth of experience, and knowledge of the dynamics of the polity, will provide the desired leadership and candour in directing the affairs of the Senate, and indeed, the National Assembly, to the utmost benefit of the people of Nigeria.
“PANDEF further restates its commitment to the promotion of peace, unity, and sustainable development in the Niger Delta region, and the nation as a whole,” the forum said.