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Judge Me By My Performance As Governor Not As Minister – Akpabio

by Victor Ndubuisi

Senator Godswill Akpabio, a candidate for the Senate Presidency, has urged Nigerians and the members of the upcoming 10th National Assembly to evaluate him based on his performance as Akwa Ibom State Governor for eight years.

According to Akpabio, his 36 years of experience as a lawyer and six years as a commissioner should be used to judge him rather than how well he performed in his role as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

According to news sources, Akpabio, the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) selected candidate for the Senate Presidency, made these claims during a Saturday evening chat with media in Abuja.

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He said: “I do know that I have not changed in any way. I am somebody God has given me the opportunity to be an uncommon transformer wherever I go. I will not like to be judged by ministerial appointment for Niger Delta, which everybody knows is a problematic place. But I would like to be judged by my record as a lawyer of 36 years, Commissioner of six years, and a governor of eight years.”


He pledged to maintain the January–December budget cycle started by the 9th National Assembly if elected Senate President by Nigerians.

He claimed that the implementation of the January-December budget cycle was one of the Assembly’s most significant achievements.

He said, “If given the opportunity by my colleagues to lead the 10th Assembly, one of the programmes I will like to sustain would be the January to December budget cycle

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“The Introduction of that is what I commend the 9th National Assembly for very seriously because it allows for proper planning and allows the government to take off on a good note and also help bring about foreign direct investment into the country.

“So I think that will be sustained by the 10th Senate and that is whether I am Senate President or not. I believe working with my colleagues, we shall sustain it because it is a collective idea. Everybody is important.”

The former Akwa Ibom governor also explained his relationship with some of his colleagues opposing his ambition.


He said: “On the issue of whether somebody is supportive or not, that is not the issue. The issue is that we must continue to engage. God has put us together for the next four years.

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“We must continue to speak to people so that whatever perception they have which is really not correct about me will be totally debunked.”



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