A former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has affirmed validity of a All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirant, Senator Godswill Akpabio to be elected President of Nigeria.
In a statement by Chief Press Secretary to Akpabio, Mr Jackson Udom, Abubakar emphasized that he could beat his chest for the former Minister, Niger Delta Affairs Ministry because of his public administration integrity
While receiving in courtesy Senator Akpabio and some members of his campaign organization in his Minna residence, the retired General expressed appreciation to the team for counting him important to be visited and updated on Akpabio’s aspiration.
He said, “I know Godswill Akpabio even before he became the governor of Akwa Ibom State. I am very sure that with your achievements in public offices over the years and given the opportunity, you will do better for Nigeria.”
Abubakar also described his guest as a true Nigerian, saying, “I can vouch for you to lead this country. When you were the governor of your state, I knew what you achieved in office and that is why I say, I can vouch for you. Your love for Nigeria has endeared several people to you. You are a true Nigerian.”
He added,” considering your experience in public offices and your exposure, I am convinced that if elected the president of this country, you will do exactly what you have said you want to do for this country.
“You are a man of the people. Your entourage speaks volumes of who you are. I am happy seeing these calibre of people in your campaign team, such as General Garba Audu, former Minister Aliyu Modibbo, among numerous others. These are people who will tell you the truth at all times. I wish you a successful outcome on your aspiration.”
Senator Akpabio told Abubakar that he was in Minna to intimate him of his presidential ambition and to seek his fatherly blessings in the task ahead.
“I am here your Excellency to formally inform you of my intention to contest for the office of the president of this great country. I am here to inform you that if given the opportunity to administer this country, I will focus on three major planks, namely; fight against insecurity, disunity and improved economy.
“I am also here to receive your fatherly prayers and blessings as I step out to actualise this ambition. The prayer of a father, over his children goes a long way in the life of the children and that is why I am here,” he noted.
In his entourage were a former governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, a former Minister FCT, Dr Aliyu Modibbo, Sarkin Dawaki Babba Kano, Gen Garba Audu, Alhaji Murtala Muhammed, Prince Abdulrahman Umar, Barrister Sylvester Okonkwo, Danmalikin Hausa, Chief Scott Tommey and Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu among numerous others.