- Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha has declared interest to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives
- Onjejeocha from Abia state is the only female lawmaker to have declared interest in the seat so far
- The APC lawmaker is repressing Isiukwuato/ Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia state and she is a fourth timer in the House
A female lawmaker under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, on Monday, March 25, declared her intention to contest the post of Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
Onyeajeocha who is the current chairperson of the House committee on aviation, said she was confident of winning if the position is zoned to the south-east by the APC.
She stated that she was in the race to help advance the APC's developmental policies using the Next Level slogan under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The lawmaker who is representing Isiukwuato/ Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia state is a fourth timer in the House and the only female contestant so far in the race.
She promised to make use of her wealth of experience gathered over the years to make a difference in the coming 9th session of the National Assembly if elected.
The APC lawmaker disclosed that she decided to make her intention public after wide and due consultations, adding that she was overwhelmed with supports she received from the various quarters
Meanwhile, the APC has said it will ensure that the party’s decisions are respected by members in electing the principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.
The ruling party's stance was made known by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, over the weekend.
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According to him, unlike what happened during its assumption of power in 2015, the APC would not allow the minority party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to interfere in choosing those who emerge leaders of both chambers of the National Assembly.
He also said that the APC would apply the principle of party supremacy in handling the emergence of new leadership of the incoming National Assembly.
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