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Senate Presidency: Oshiomhole Endorses Akpabio/Barau Joint Ticket

However another candidate Osita Izunaso said he should be repaid for his commitment to the APC with the Senate Presidency.

A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and now Senator-elect, Adams Oshiomhole, on Sunday, threw his weight behind the party’s National Working Committee’s choices for the positions of the Senate President and Deputy.

This was contained in a statement by the Media Office of Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is contesting the position of Senate President in the 10th National Assembly.

According to the statement, Oshiomhole stated this while addressing journalists at Akpabio/Barau campaign office, after a closed door meeting with members of the Stability Group of the 10th Senate.

The  former Governor of Edo State said, “As a former National Chairman of the party, I have no choice but support the position of the party leadership and the President-elect. 

“At this point in time it is not about personal ambitions but the realisation of stability for the president to realise his renewed hope agenda for Nigerians.”

In his reaction, Barau,  commended Oshiomhole for standing and embracing the decision of the party as a true partyman.

“I thank our former Chairman and Senator-elect, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. He was the one who worked  for the emergence of the incumbent Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and now that he has joined the Stability Group, we are home and dry. 

Akpabio also thanked Oshiomhole for supporting his aspiration, saying, “I pray that our coming together will lead to victory on 13th June, so that we can together, stabilise the government of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “

Izunaso: Pay My Commitment, Sacrifices for APC With Senate Presidency

However, another aspirant to the position of the 10th Senate Presidency, Senator Osita Izunaso, has said it was his turn to become the President of the Senate based on his commitment and the sacrifices he had made for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Izunaso, according to a statement by his Media Office, stated this in Abuja in an interview with journalists shortly after the Interdenominational service held at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.

He declared that for justice, fairness and equity, the new President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, and the leadership of the APC should consider service and sacrifice to the party in deciding who to support for the position of senate president.

He said he was more qualified and suitable for the position than all the other contenders in terms of competence, experience, education, knowledge, integrity, loyalty and commitment to the party, and as such, the APC should compensate his sacrifice, dedication and loyalty to the party by supporting him for the position.

Izunaso explained that he yielded his time, energy and all in him together with the likes of elder statesman, Chief Bisi Akande and the current Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, to build the party from the scratch.

The aspirant also said he served as the National Organising Secretary for five years without any blemish maintaining that it would be grossly unfair and unjust for the leadership of the party to deny him the senate presidency when he said he was the best among the contestants.

“Beyond building and sacrificing for the party, I went through hell during the campaign for the presidential election. Some key figures in my  local government and senatorial district were cruelly slaughtered just because they were supporting and urging people to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“I am a founding member of APC, we travelled to Lagos every weekend for good six months during the formation stages, to coin the name and get it right, we designed the logo, bringing together components of other parties making up the proposed APC, then before going for registration in the Corporate Affairs Commission. 

“Governor Fashola is alive today, he knows all I am saying because he was part of the whole thing from day one. We conducted 36 governorship primaries, there was not a single litigation. Why? Because we did the right thing. You will agree with me that, that is what it means to show capacity. You know we battled a sitting President, therefore, we needed to do everything right to wrestle power from them.”

 Sunday Aborisade