· …warn detractors

A group of leaders of the North-East geo-political zone on Sunday described the Senate President, Chief Godswill Akpabio, as an exceptional leader and a protector of the pillars of justice, democracy and integrity.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio is intelligent, straight talking, cordial and committed to the unity of Nigeria. He is working in good faith with President Bola Tinubu and his colleagues to keep the country moving forward.’’

They also praised him for serving the country’s strategic interests, advancing fundamental values and accelerating job and income growth.

At a meeting in Jalingo, capital of Taraba State, the notable elders described the alleged N3 trillion budget padding story as absurd and empty.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio is a moral force in Nigerian politics. He remains credible on public issues.’’

They hailed Akpabio for the country’s financial plan, strategy for fighting terror, genuine commitment to bringing economic opportunity to all, steadfast commitment to peace and openness to new ideas from all quarters.’’

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Moments after the meeting, the prominent elders who are indignant at the contempt shown for the Senate President, his office and for the National Assembly in a statement applauded Akpabio for his sensibility, kindly manner and unpretentious nature.

The statement by the Chairman of North-East Elders Forum (NEEF), Alhaji Ibrahim Zakari, advised Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Garus Gololo, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, Haruna Abdulsalam and Engineer Ufot Akan Umoren to weigh their words more carefully to make sure that they do not encourage division and violence in the country.

The elders urged haters and extremists to reassess their own words and attitudes toward the senate leadership.

The appealing, able and engaging men and women scolded detractors for bad-mouthing the senate leadership and demanding the resignation of Akpabio and that of his Deputy, Jibrin Barau.

‘’Engineer Ufot Akan Umoren Umoren a figure of menace’’

They condemned Dr Garus Gololo for false allegations and reckless talk.

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‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio has done a superb job on a whole range of issues in the country. He is on the right side of history.’’

The elders called Haruna Abdulsalam a ‘’ hereditary liar.’’

They described the statement of PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba as a cheap, sleazy publicity stunt.

‘’Senator Godswill Akpabio is committed to absolute integrity.’’

They emphasized Akpabio’s intellect, knowledge of the budget and political skills.

The elders emphasized huge legislative task before Akpabio, patriotism and character.

Particularly, they underscored Akpabio’s role in restoring economic growth, reasserting Nigeria’s leadership in the international system, increasing confidence in the integrity of politicians and commitment to supporting Nigerians in their efforts to find peace and prosperity.