Apparently spurred by the growing support of his pro-groups, Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Godswill Akpabio, is currently considering to join the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Spokesman of South-South Front (SSF), John Harry, says they are ready to support Akpabio for the 2023 presidential race because the minister has made an effort to provide greater autonomy to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
At a meeting in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, to discuss 2023 politics, governance and its broader impact on democratic institutions and norms, they accused some cynics in the country of trying to throw a monkey-wrench into the works of the current administration.
While praising President Muhammadu Buhari for taking decisions he considers best for the overall benefit of the Niger Delta people, Akpabio, according to them, has done his best to complete the NDDC Audit, adding, ‘’the audit report is an important step forward.’’
The Front is describing Akpabio as an iconic figure, a dogged advocate for the interests of Nigerians, a hope for Nigerian politics and a magnet attracting a number of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country.
They also hailing the minister for doing what is best for the people, reframing the way growth in the Niger Delta region is understood, strengthening fiscal discipline and transparency in the management of public resources.
Harry said they are commending Akpabio for expanding existing social development programmes, spending on much needed infrastructure, offering the clearest policy and enhancing peace and development in the Niger Delta region.
The obviously political group highlighted Akpabio’s pivotal role in the development of the oil region, projects in health, education, job creation, housing, agriculture, security, road construction and other areas of development, claiming that they know the meaning of purposeful leadership that feels their pains, understand their yearnings and pursue the aspirations of this country. ‘’Akpabio is a key to the solution of the Niger Delta problem’’
While insisting on Akpabio for the 2023 presidential race, the group said it is in support of moves to consider the former Akwa-Ibom State governor as President Buhari’s successor, adding, ‘’he is a compassionate human being who cares about the well-being of Nigerians. He knows the issues. He is extremely qualified, the best qualified among the presidential aspirants. He has the character to do the job’’
They also urged ex-militants not to allow opposition politicians in the country to use them to persecute political opponents.