“I Regret Contesting Against You During APC Presidential Primary” – Akpabio To Tinubu

Senate President Godswill Akpabio expressed his regret for challenging President Bola Tinubu in the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary, acknowledging that he and other aspirants would not have vied for the APC presidential ticket if they had been aware of Tinubu’s vision for advancing the country at an earlier stage.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Akpabio, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, commended Lagos as a role model for development among Nigerian states, emphasising that the individual who designed the framework for Lagos is also capable of replicating such progress at the national level.

Addressing a reception hosted by the Lagos state government in honour of Tinubu on Thursday, the Senate President praised the President’s decisions, which he believed had been a catalyst for the country’s growth.

Reiterating his commitment to collaborating with the executive branch, Akpabio vowed to ensure that Nigerians reap the benefits of democracy.

He stated, “Considering the accomplishments of the President in Lagos, we can rest assured that Nigeria is in capable hands. If we had known this was your plan for the country, we would not have contested against you in the party primaries. The few decisions you have made have significantly contributed to the nation’s development.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, also present at the event, voiced his support for the current administration’s policies and programs, highlighting the significance of their backing in realizing the dream of a better Nigeria.

During his speech, Babatunde Fashola, the former governor of Lagos and immediate past Minister of Works and Housing, assured the President of their unwavering support, assuring him that they were only a phone call away. He emphasised their readiness to serve the President once again, along with the classes of individuals he has mentored.

Additionally, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara expressed solidarity with Tinubu’s ambitions to revitalise the country’s economy, affirming the governors’ continuous support for his cause.

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