Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirant, Senator Godswill Akpabio as an exceptional Nigerian who loves the country and its citizens.
General Gowon said if senator Akpabio is given the opportunity to rule Nigeria, he would replicate his Akwa Ibom success stories which are widely acclaimed.
General Gowon made this assertion at his residence in Abuja, when Senator Akpabio and his campaign organization paid him a courtesy visit.
Northern Bureau Chief Joycelyn Ellakeche Adah reports that the former Head of State described Senator Godswill Akpabio as a true Nigerian that has a genuine love for Nigeria and Nigerians and given the opportunity, he would replicate what he did in Akwa Ibom State as the President of Nigeria.
General Gowon said during his past visits to Senator Akpabio when he was Governor of Akwa Ibom State, he knew him as a performer and a man with immense love for his country.
“I thank you and your entourage for this visit. In your opening speech, you have reeled out all that you did in your state when you were the governor. I also listened to your declaration speech.
“You believe in one Nigeria and the unity of this country which is very important for anybody who aspires to preside over the affairs of this country.
“You have every right to be considered for the presidency based on your track record as the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senate Minority Leader, and member of the Federal Executive Council,” he said.
The founder of Nigeria Prays Organization further affirmed that Senator Akpabio is known as an unbiased leader who abhors any form of discrimination and encourages unity amongst Nigerians.
Speaking earlier, Presidential Aspirant Senator Godswill Akpabio said the reason for their visit was to intimate General Gowon of his Presidential aspirations as he is an Elder Statesman of the Country.
Senator Akpabio said he is running for the office of the Presidency so as to unite Nigerians and create an enabling environment for Nigerians.
“I am aspiring based on my records. Some people propagate unity with their lips, but I practicalized it. I declared free and compulsory education for all Nigerian residents in Akwa Ibom State. I opened up the Government House in Uyo to all Nigerians. My ADC, CSO, Orderly, and other close aides were from other parts of the country. I sponsored over 5000 Muslims to the Holy land, and other numerous life-changing programs. My vision for Nigeria is that of planning for the future. Visionary leadership is what we need in Nigeria today, irrespective of your tribe, religion, or social background,” Akpabio declared.
Speaking on his legacy, the two-term governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio said the present administration has done so much in the transformation of Nigeria and if elected as President he would build on the present legacy.
Senator Akpabio said one major challenge bedeviling the country is poverty which he plans to address as President in 2023.
The Presidential hopeful was accompanied by Former FCT Minister, Dr Aliyu Modibbo; Former Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, General Garba Audu, Barrister Sylvester Okonkwo among others.