The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has congratulated Senator Godswill Akpabio on his election as Senate President of the 10th National Assembly and urged him to guarantee inclusivity.
Alhaji Musa Saidu, a member of the ACF, stated this in an Abuja statement on Wednesday.
“We wish to congratulate Sen. Godswill Akpabio on his election as the new Senate President and wish him well in his new position.”
“However, Akpabio should learn from his election by ensuring inclusiveness in the conduct of the national assembly’s business.”Akpabio should remember that he was elected as the Nigerian Senate President, not as a Senate President for a certain region of the country.
“It is imperative to say that we were not too happy with the manner he ran the affairs of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in terms of inclusiveness, when he was the minister, ” he said.
Saidu, also the leader of the Arewa Community in Southern Nigeria, cautioned against victimising Sen. Abdulaziz Yari, who contested the Senate Presidency with Akpabio.
“As far as we are concerned, Yari is a hero, in spite of losing the Senate Presidency, securing 46 votes in the election meant that he was a force to reckon with.
“In fact Yari was not disgraced as he lost the election honourably.
“Like I have said before, the North deserves the position of Senate President, because of its massive votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 General Election.
“But since it is the will of God that Akpabio will be the Senate President, we have nothing to say, ” he said.