A group which prides itself as the mother body of all concerned Niger Delta stakeholders, the Coalition of Concerned Niger Delta stakeholders has denied endorsing the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio for the position of the Senate President of the 10th Senate.
The group says it seriously kicks against the APC’s choice of backing Akpabio as the preferred candidate for office of the President of the 10th Senate.
Speaking at a World press conference on the state of the nation in Abuja, the president of the group, Odiedim Amachree says the antecedents of Akpabio leave much to be desired, saying the former minister of Niger Delta is not fit to occupy the position.
The group instead endorsed the former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari who it says is eminently qualified to be the president of the 10th National Assembly.
“Abdulaziz Yari wields the magic wand and indeed remains the one to beat in our view and considered opinion.
“He is a lover of this nation, a fulfilled politician, a man that can be trusted. We therefore believe the Senators should be allowed to choose their leadership without any external influence whatsoever”, he stated.
Also speaking, a youth stakeholder of the group Nwisabari Bani said the tenth National Assembly needs a pragmatic leadership that will create a synergy for the executive to deliver in its mandate.
According to him, Yari represents that candidate who will speak truth to power and ensure that all Nigerians enjoy the dividends of democracy.
It called on members of the Senate to reject Akpabio and vote Yari as their president.