Ex-Benue State Governor, Senator George Akume faces tough odd in his bid to become the senate president of the incoming 8th National Assembly after several key figures in All Progressive Congress(APC) are said to dislike his candidacy due to binge drinking.
Senator Akume who represents Benue North in the Senate and was recently reelected is one of frontrunners for the exalted office of the senate president after his party, APC, zoned the seat to North Central where he hails from.
Senator Akume also has the national leader of the party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s back. Tinubu has openly been championing Senator Akume’s cause within the party’s hierarchy insiders told OrijoReporter.
It was said that the former Lagos governor’s preference for Senator Akume is because the former Benue State governor was first elected as a senator in 2011when he contested under the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN), a party Tinubu was the sole founder.
However, OrijoReporter gathered that Senator Akume who is the Minority Leader of the defunct ACN in the Senate, has been a hard sell to other key figures in APC owing to his embarrassing drinking habit.
It was gathered that Senator Akume drinks a real lot to get a hangover, and regularly misses out on attending most sessions in the Senate.
On the few occasions he was in attendance, he was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. It is either he fell into sleep, and was snoring or he had taken enough drinks to slur his words, talk louder than most folks and be a bit unsteady on his feet.
“He was the butt of every joke told after the valedictory session for the late Senator Gyang Dantong in July 2012 where he reeked of alcohol and appeared seriously intoxicated,” sources said.