by WOLE OLADIMEJI


Member of the House of Representatives from Edo State, Peter Akpatason, yesterday officially expressed interest in contesting any presiding position that may be zoned to the South South region by the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The former NUPENG president and a second time member from Akoko Edo federal constituency said it was his desire to run for Speakership.

“As a party man, I will abide by the party’s zoning; I will contest for any presiding position zoned to the South South.

“So far, I have consulted widely with my colleagues across the six geo-political zones as well as party leaders in my state and at the national level,” he stated.

The lawmaker, who joined other ranking members vying for the position, urged the party to zone any of the presiding positions to the South South in order to reflect equitable distribution of positions at the centre.

“I am convinced that with the kind of responses I am getting from stakeholders, both at the state and national levels, the chances are very bright,” Akpatason said.

He stated that beyond the responses, his contributions on the floor and at various committee meetings in the last four years have endeared him to his colleagues.

Having led the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, for eight years without any rancour or crisis, he said this had given him much experience on how to manage people.

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