Shehu Sani, a former member of the Kaduna party, responded to the withdrawal of the Niger Delta Minister of Affairs, Godswell Acapio, from the Senate elections in the northwestern region of Akwa Ibom.
GISTOK reported that Akpabio confirmed his decision in a letter to the National President of the Total Progressive Conference (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Acapio explained that his decision to withdraw from the Senate race was due to the fact that he could not afford to abandon a critical national mission, which President Muhammadu Buhari gave him when he was seeking re-election.
He, therefore, asked the APC leadership to inform the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of his decision to withdraw, in line with Sections 33 and 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 and submit a replacement to run in his stead.
Reacting, Shehu Sani took to his Twitter page, stating that Akpabio chose to stay as a minister rather than take the chance of losing while trying to be a Senator.
Sani wrote: “My friend Godswill Akpabio has embraced the dictum that a Bird in hand.” The Kaduna lawmaker also joined some Nigerians in commending Punch Newspaper over recent decision to refer to President Buhari as ‘Major General’.
“The Punch Newspaper Editorial of today sends a clear message to the perpetrators, choristers and fans of tyranny and state repression in our country and the corrosive and cowardly silence of those who should speak truth to power,” Sani added.
GISTOK reported that Punch in an editorial titled “Buhari’s lawlessness: Our Stand” stated that it will “henceforth prefix Buhari’s name with his rank as a military dictator in the 80s ‘Major General’ and refer to his administration as a regime until they purge themselves of their insufferable contempt for the rule of law.”
Punch said his decision showed his protest against tyranny and military oppression under the Buhari administration.
In response, Femi Adesina, the president’s first special assistant for media and advertising, said the newspaper’s decision to summon Bohari “the general brigade” was not misplaced. Addissina added on her Twitter page FemiAdesina that Buhari received the rank of “Major General”