- The Forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) PROs declares support for the candidacy of Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as speaker of the ninth House of Representatives
- The APC PROs in the north east argue that Onyejeocha has the required experience to lead the House of Representatives
- The APC officials want their party to reconsider its decision to zone the position to the south west
The Forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) Public Relations Officers (PROs) in the north east says it supports the south east’s quest to shift the leadership of the House of Representatives to the zone.
Aaron Artimas, coordinator of the forum, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday, April 12, in Abuja saying the forum was, supporting the endorsement of Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as speaker of the ninth House of Representatives by the south east APC public relations officers.
According to the APC chief, Onyejeocha, a four-time member of the House of Representatives, represented many shades of national opinion, especially in relation to gender.
Artimas said with her rich political background as a grass root politician, a former local government chairman and an effective legislator, Onyejeocha was eminently qualified to represent the south east and to serve the country.
Artimas, however, said that while the policy remained a political decision, the forum believed that the ultimate decision to this effect, remained a function of members of the National Assembly.
Onyejeocha is contesting for the position against Femi Gbajabiamila from the south west and who is believed to have the backing pf the APC.
“As party officials, we are not opposed to the presumptive position taken by the national leadership of our party, but we strongly believe that no decision is exhaustive or final,“ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Artimas said apart from Onyejeocha's experience, there is the need to consider other zones as is being agitated for by a section of the country.
He said with a major representation of the zone in the government, the APC would grow stronger in the region.
“This has nothing to do with the presumed low patronage of the party in the region, we believe that it is very appropriate to give them this wonderful opportunity so as to carry all parts of the country along.
“It is for this reason that we hereby declare our solidarity for the south east in their quest to shift the leadership of the House of Representatives to the zone," he said.
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He said it would be pleasing if the party could reconsider its stand.
He argued that Nigeria had always stood on a political tripod anchored on the three founding political regions, west, east and the north, which are now referred to as six geo-political zones.
“The implication of this is that every political region should be given its own right of equal participation as envisioned by the founding fathers of our country,“ he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a top contender for the position of speaker of the ninth House of Representatives, Muhammad Monguno, on Thursday, April 11, stepped down from the race and endorsed Femi Gbajabiamila, his colleagues from Lagos state.
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