WorldStage Newsonline-- Akwa Ibom State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godswill Akpabio has linked disrespectful for the office of the President of Nigeria is central to the crisis in the party.
Speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday, Akpabio said that governors can only get respect from people and institutions under them only when they respect people and institutions above them including the office of the President.
They had protested against alleged lack of internal democracy in the party and demanded for the sack of the PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur among other demands.
On when the problem and demands of the aggrieved governors would be finally addressed, he said: “Well, I've seen newspapers clips where they said the rebellious governors, the G-7 and so on and so forth. In any rebellion, we can resolve it through dialogue and I think that that's what the President is doing, that's what the PDP leadership is out to do to see how it can dialogue and bring the situation to a close.
“But, you see, it all depends. But for me, I believe that you cannot be a good leader unless you're a good follower and I believe also strongly that leadership comes from God. So the question of rebelling against leadership does not occur because if I rebel against the leadership at the federal level, I should expect somebody also to rebel against my leadership at the state level, may from my own local government or thereabouts.
“And it is expected that as a governor of a state, I should be expected to respect the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So it is not important who occupies the position. I think what is important is to give respect to the institution of the Presidency in Nigeria. And that way, the international community can respect also Nigeria.