Speakership: My emergence will douse agitations in south-east - Hon. Onyejeocha

Speakership: My emergence will douse agitations in south-east - Hon. Onyejeocha

- Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha is the only female lawmaker that has expressed interest in contesting the Speakership in the 9th National Assembly

- The Abia state lawmaker says her emergence will douse agitations in south-east region of the country

- The third-term lawmaker opined that people of the south-east would be convinced that they are part of the south-east if she merges as Speaker

Honourable Nkeiruka Onyejeocha has opined that her emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly will douse agitations in south-east region of the country.

In an interview with The Guardian, the Abia state lawmaker, who is the only female in the race, said the people of the south-east would see that they are part of Nigeria and it would douse all claims of marginalisation if she emerges Speaker.

She also outlines her vision of 9th National Assembly and the issues of leadership selection and the All Progressives Congress (APC) performance in the south-east during the 2019 general elections.

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Her words: “As I speak, we have elected the president, the vice-president, then we have to talk about the Senate president and the Speaker. I believe that if we have a Speaker from the Southeast region, they would see that they are part of Nigeria and it would douse all claims of marginalisation.

“For me, once you win an election, you are representing everybody. As you know, before the (Aminu) Tambuwal issue, if PDP did not make the mistake in zoning, the zoning of offices would have been well taken care of, because usually what we have are the six major geo-political zones and six major offices.

“We have the president, the vice president, the Senate president and deputy Senate president, the speaker and deputy speaker. Every zone must have one of these.”

When asked if the south-east not voting for the APC would affect her chances, even though she is a member of the party, Onyejeocha said the chances of the party, depends on the calibre of candidates fielded.

Her words: “It depends on the calibre of candidates that a political party throws up, but you will notice that most times when they see a person that is doing well, they decide against the person; they will just bring a new person that may not be a politician or know how to campaign. The person may not even be accessible to people.

“The person may have a godfather, but do not have people. The person may be well known and may have money but that is not what the people want. People want somebody who they can access and reach, someone who has empathy, who would see them cry and cry with them, who would see them rejoice and rejoice with them.

“Voters do not want a person that would be alienated or bossing them around. The quality of candidates that a political party throws up is the major reason. It is part of the reasons why a person would change party and still win in the new party.”

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Despite the endorsement of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila by the APC national leadership, the House Majority Leader is being challenged by seven contenders for the position.

They are Onyeajocha, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), Mukhtar Aliyu Betara (APC, Borno), Idris Wase (APC, Plateau), Umar Bago (APC, Niger), John Okafor (APC, Imo), Babangida Ibrahim (APC, Katsina) and Mohammed Kazaure (APC, Jigawa).

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