By Ononye VC
No fewer than 41 senators-elect on Wednesday publicly identified with Senator Godswill Akpabio at the state banquet organised for the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, in Rivers State by outgoing Governor Nyeson Wike.
Akpabio, who is contesting for senate president in the 10th National Assembly, was called to the podium to speak as senators rooting for him came out publicly for the first time.
Among the senators-elect are Ali Ndume, Opeyemi Bamidele, Jubril Barau, Tokunbo Abiru, Solomon Olamilekan,
The senators-elect cut across party lines.
The development may crush the ambition of Senator Orji Kalu, who is also contesting for Senate president, considering his recent suspension by the All Progressive Congress (APC) of the South-East caucus.
It was learnt that the president-elect last week settled for Senator Akpabio as senate president and Senator Barau Jubril as deputy senate president.