Group wants Akume made SGF
President Muhamadu Buhari has been urged to appoint former
governor of Benue state, Senator George Akume as the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF) under his second term.
The group, Next Level Progressive Coalition (NLPC) said that
Akume deserved being compensated for distinguishing himself as a thoroughbred
and staunch member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) since the formation
of the party in 2013.
It added that Akume refused to be lured into the unholy
defections spearheaded by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki during
their journey to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in spite of the gang up
against him while seeking to become the Senate Deputy President in 2015.
According to a statement signed by the group’s National
President, Ibrahim, Sanni Doguwa, and
National Secretary, Olufemi Akanbi, made
available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, the group said it would be a
tremendous benefit to the Buhari’s government to make such a detribalized
Nigerian the SGF, which would, in turn, add values to the presidency.
The group recalled that President Buhari spent the whole of
his first term fighting a battle to build trust around his presidency with the
erroneous impression in some quarters that he was favoring a section of the
country, adding that having such a personality as SGF would build a strong
bridge between the North and the South.
It described Akume as a stabilizer and team player, who has
strong ties with every section of the country and that can make him fit into
such a lofty position to reconfigure the presidency and make it have a real
national outlook as demanded by Nigerians.
The group said Senator Akume despite losing re-election to
the Senate in 2019, had joined the train to mobilise for Senator Ahmad Lawan as
APC’s favourite for Senate Presidency during Buhari’s second term, saying this
further corroborated his loyalty to the party and President Buhari.
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