Speaking with newsmen at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat in Abuja after several hours of meeting with the national leadership of the party, Akpabio said he has the capacity to occupy the 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 for 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 stated.
Akpabio however described the emergence of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as deputy Senate president as good for democracy and for President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said senators elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also voted for Ekweremadu, adding that it is possible that some PDP senators didn’t vote for him.
“The election of Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President I think is good for democracy. Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President was freely elected by senators and you recall, he scored about 54 votes and the total number of PDP senators is 49 which means he was accepted across party lines.”
Akpabio said he believes that the 8th Senate will achieve far more than the 7th Senate because it will operate not from a partisan point of view but from a bipartisan point of view. “I stand by the Deputy Senate President, the Senate President and the Senate on what they have done,” he said.