Governors Senatorial Ambitions Not AThreat To Senators’ Re-Election, SaysAkpabio

Governor Goodswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom
State said governors, aspiring to be
elected into the Senate in 2015, posed no
threat to senators seeking re-election.
He said this on Thursday in Abuja while
speaking with newsmen after submitting
his nomination and expression of interest
forms to contest the Akwa Ibom North
West Senatorial District in 2015.
Akpabio, who is also the Chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party Governors
Forum, said the political space was wide
and open for healthy competition among
all players.
He said there were only nine serving
governors, seeking the senatorial seat in
2015 against 109 senate seats available
in the upper legislative arm.
Akpabio, who is gunning for seat of the
incumbent from the zone, Senator
Aloysius Etok, however, says he will love
to have about 75 per cent of senators
returned to the Senate.
This, he said, would ensure a robust
legislation for the country as the exposure
of such senators would perfect legislative
He, however, added that serving senators
had 100 per cent chance to return to the
Senate, stressing that there was no
significant threat in the political
Akpabio added that whatever dissenting
voice that was being heard at the
moment, would be silenced by the PDP
internal resolution mechanism, saying
that it was a party affairs.
“The senate has about 109 members and
PDP serving governors interested in going
to the Senate are not up to nine; so you
still have at least 100 chances for
incumbent senators.
“And if it is possible for us to return more
than 75 per cent of our senators in the
National Assembly, it would help a lot in
legislation and deepen democracy”,
Akpabio said. (NAN)


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