Senator Godswill Akpabio has expressed his desire to lead the Peoples Democratic Party at the National Assembly as minority leader.
The former Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, speaking with newsmen after his meeting with members of the NWC in Abuja on Wednesday evening, further explained that all members of the party are equal in the eyes of the Assembly.
The PDP had zoned the position of Senate Minority Leader to the South-South, where Akpabio hails from, but due to the fact that he is a first timer in the Senate, it should ordinarily rule him out of the race. But the former governor is actively lobbying for the role.
Akpabio said, “I came (to see the NWC members) in my usual consultation with the party on national issues.
“(Interest in minority leader position) It is not a question of interest, it is a question of capacity. So if I have the capacity, my colleagues will decide.
“In the Senate, everybody is equal but some have been there for a long time like the ranking senators and all that. So, when you have the opportunity to be in the red chamber, you have equal rights to aspire to any position but you first have to be sure that your colleagues will be interested in you.
“If my name has been mentioned, probably by my colleagues, and I consult, and at the end of my consultations with stakeholders of our party across the nation, I will be able to make appropriate statement.”
He said the election of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was supported by embers of the ruling party in the Senate, the All Progressives Congress.