Senate President Godswill Akpabio has expressed regret for challenging President Bola Tinubu during the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary. Akpabio admitted that he and other presidential aspirants would not have contested for the APC presidential ticket if they had known about Tinubu’s visionary plans for the country earlier.
As a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Akpabio acknowledged that Lagos has served as a development model for other states in Nigeria. He emphasized that the man who formulated such a successful framework for Lagos is also capable of doing the same for Nigeria as a whole.
Speaking at a reception organized by the Lagos State government in honor of Tinubu, the Senate President praised the few decisions that the President has taken, highlighting their positive impact on the country’s growth. Akpabio reiterated his commitment to working with the executive arm of the government to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the dividends of democracy.
Akpabio stated, “With what the President has accomplished in Lagos, we can rest assured that Nigeria is in capable hands. If we had known about your plans for the country, we wouldn’t have contested against you in the party primaries. The decisions you have made have acted as a catalyst for the country’s development.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos also spoke at the event, emphasizing the full support of his colleagues in the current administration’s policies and programs. He highlighted the importance of their support in realizing the dream of a better Nigeria.
Former governor of Lagos and immediate past Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, assured the President of their continued support, assuring him that they are always available whenever needed.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, in his remarks, reiterated the governors’ support for Tinubu’s efforts to reposition the country’s economy. He praised the removal of the petroleum subsidy and the reversal of the arbitrary exchange regime as crucial steps in the country’s repositioning.