Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and now member of the Nigerian senate Godswill Akpabio has said that all senators are equal and that he has the capacity to lead the Peoples Democratic Party in the senate.
The former governor made the statement when responding to questions concerning his interest in the position of minority leader of the house.
It would be recalled the Peoples Democratic Party zoned the position of the minority leader of the house to the south south.
The national publicity secretary of the Peoples (PDP), Olisah Metuh had earlier said the party had directed members of the senate on the platform of the PDP to select their leader in accordance with the practice and convention of our party.
He stated that the nomination process should take into consideration ranking, gender and religious sensitivities.
Punch reports that after a meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, Akpabio said the position of the minority leader would be decided by his colleague and the the decision would be based on capacity and not interest.
“In the Senate, everybody is equal but some have been there for a long time like the ranking senators and all that. So, when you have the opportunity to be in the red chamber, you have equal rights to aspire to any position but you first have to be sure that your colleagues will be interested in you.
“If my name has been mentioned, probably by my colleagues, and I consult, and at the end of my consultations with stakeholders of our party across the nation, I will be able to make appropriate statement.”