Ahead of the inauguration of the 8th Senate, National Youth Council of Nigeria, North Central zone, has solicited support for the Senate minority leader, Senator George Akume, as president of the Senate, saying with the emergence of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as majority, it was only fair that Akume took over the leadership.
The youths in a statement signed in Abuja by its vice president, Engr. Jethro Anum, also appealed to Senate President David Mark to support the candidature of Akume whom they described as a thorough bred grassroots politician that had proven over the years to be a manager of men and resources.
“Senator Akume has the requisite experience to lead the 8th Senate. As the Senate minority leader, he demonstrated his political prowess by the purposeful leadership of the opposition, with the interest of the nation being his guiding principles.
“Akume did very well as the Senate minority leader, and therefore should be supported by all progressives and indeed all who are interested in the progress of the country,” the statement noted.
They insisted that his wealth of experience as a seasoned politician and true democrat would no doubt come in handy in fostering unity amongst the senators, irrespective of party affiliation, while ensuring that the executive is neither distracted nor allowed to derail.
The group also urged the APC to look at a candidate that would move the change mantra and domesticate it across the minority ethnic nationalities in north central states of Benue, Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi, Kwara and Plateau, to create a Senate that genuinely unites the nation.