Senate Presidency: Shettima backs APC plan, endorses Akpabio, Barau
The Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, has approved the leadership zoning plan of the All Progressives Congress for the 10th National Assembly, saying the choice of Godswill Akpabio and Jibrin Barau for President and Deputy President of the Senate, respectively, will ensure stability in Nigeria.
Shettima gave the endorsement while addressing Akpabio and Barau, who visited him in the company of “over 70” senators-elect in Abuja on Wednesday.
Shettima, who is a serving member of the Senate, stated that “politics shouldn’t be a means of disuniting our people, it should rather be a means of uniting us.”
He added, “The President-elect and the Vice President-elect are both Muslims. It is in the interest of the stability and unity of this country that the next position be given to the Christian faith. If not, it would further validate the alleged Islamisation agenda of the APC-led administration.
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“It would be perceived as a gratuitous insult to our Christian brothers and sisters who stuck out their necks to support us. That was why I was quite pleased with the choice of the party leadership that my uncommon brother and leader, in the person of Senator Godswill Akpabio, should be the number three citizen of this country.
“The stability of this nation is much more important than whatever political considerations we may think of. We need to have a stable and united nation before we can talk about politics and positions. This is what our leader could do to unite this country in the current circumstances.”
Shettima also disclosed that he would reach out to other Senate presidential aspirants who are aggrieved with the choices of the APC.