Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has said the decision of some of the serving governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking senatorial seat in 2015 should not be considered a threat.
Governor Akpabio who is one of the governors vying a seat in the senate while speaking to journalists on Thusday after he submitted his Senate nomination form urged the Senators seeking re-election to see the development as a healthy competition as there is enough political space for as many.
According to Akpabio who is also the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum: “The Senate has about 109 members and the serving governors of the PDP who are interested in going to the Senate are just about nine. So, we have at least 100 percent chances for incumbent senators.
“If it is possible for us to return more than 75 percent of our Senators to the National Assembly, it will help a lot in legislation to deepen democracy.
“So, there is no threat to any Senator where the governors of PDP have interest to go into the Senate. I believe just like the sky, there is enough space for every bird to fly and I think politics is about people and the people’s choice should be allowed to prevail.
“I am very hopeful that the current crisis between the governors and the Senators will be resolved, but note that with 109 spaces in the National Assembly, the number of governors showing interest in the National Assembly are just about nine.”
According to The Nation, Governor Akapbio who stated his achievement is the reason he is vying a seat in the senate is seeking to displace a second term Senator, Aloysius Etok in the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, a development that has generated animosity between him and Etok.
Recall, it was recently reported that state Governors elected under the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, clashed with the National Chairman of the party over their Senatorial ambition ahead 2015 general election.
Meanwhile, some of the PDP governors with senatorial ambition comprised Sullivan Chime of Enugu; Martin Elechi of Ebonyi; Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta; Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom; Gabriel Suswam of Benue; Isa Yuguda of Bauchi; Jonah Jang of Plateau and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State.