The former governor of Akwa Ibom State and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has revealed that his dream to be governor was almost killed by the rumuored Third Term Agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He said that he almost dropped his governorship campaigns following reports that governors who supported the Third Term move were to return seamlessly to office.
Akpabio said this on Thursday in Abuja when he unveiled, “Standing Strong,” a book written by former Senate President, Ken Nnamani.
While commending Senator Nnamani for displaying uncommon courage during the crises, the former Senate Minority Leader noted that the author was “the architect of Uncommon Transformation in my state from 2007 to 2015.”
He said Nnamani’s action helped to end the “House boys and girls syndrome from my state,” as a result of the free and compulsory education introduced by his administration; adding that without “Senator Nnamani there wouldn’t have been anything like Uncommon Transformation in Akwa Ibom State.”
“Your Excellency, what you did on that day, when you put up the question for and against Third Term before you colleagues and the Nays had it, gave me the opportunity to become the governor of my state and that brought about Uncommon Transformation in the state,” he declared.
According to him, “I had commenced my governorship campaigns, but when the issue of Third Term Agenda came on board and was gaining grounds like wild fire, I almost dropped my ambition because from what we learnt, all incumbent governors had been promised extra term for their support.
Sir, when you took that patriotic step with the backing of some of your colleagues, you helped to save our constitutional democracy. You sided with the law and the people and today, you are being celebrated. You were the architect of Uncommon Transformation in my state from 2007 to 2015.”
He equally noted that, “Senator Nnamani displayed uncommon courage and that is why I call him Iconic. When you dropped that Gavel, you were not only saving our democracy, you also helped us to abolish the House boys and girls syndrome from my state, because of the free and compulsory education, I put in place for all school age children resident in the state. You transformed the polity and made democracy to be alive in the past 22 years.”
While insisting that the former Senate President and President Muhammadu Buhari share similar values of integrity, the Niger Delta Affairs Minister extolled the former leader of the National Assembly for his lack of desperation for public office.“When others were struggling in the Senate, you didn’t. They fished you out. May God continue to fish you out in Jesus name. You are a man that Nigerians, the youths, the National Assembly, the Executive and the entire nation can trust. May you continue to stand strong,” Akpabio prayed.