- Hon John Chike Okafor declares his intention to run for the office of speaker of the ninth House of Representatives
- Okafor says he has written to the national chairman of his party to intimate him of his ambition
- The lawmaker argues that the south east should produce the next speaker of the country
Hon John Chike Okafor, a member of the House of Representatives for Ehime Mbani/ Ihite/ Obowo federal constituency of Imo state, has joined the race for the speakership of the lower chamber.
Okafor made his intention known on Tuesday, April 16, same day the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) finally endorsed Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of speaker of the ninth House of Representatives.
Vanguard quoted Okafor as saying: “I formally wrote my party chairman, last Thursday, that I am ready to contest in the race.”
The lawmaker argued that so far, the south east has not been given a fair deal.
Okafor said that in 2015, he wanted to run for the same office but was politely informed that he was not a ranking member.
“Here I am again in 2019. I have done the right thing by writing the chairman of my intention to run because I know I am eminently qualified to pilot the affairs of the ninth House.
“As a former senior bank manager and commissioner of finance, I strongly believe that running this House won’t be an issue,” he said.
Arguing further concerning why the south east should produce the speaker, Okafor said that in 2015, the APC polled over 198,000 votes in the zone while in 2019, it polled over 403,000 votes.
“This is a remarkable improvement from what transpired in 2015 and APC is a government of the future so it must embrace inclusivity and give south east a sense of belonging,” he said.
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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 endorsing Femi Gbajabiamila, his colleague from Lagos state.
Monguno, who is currently the chairman of the House committee on agriculture, was reported to have said he took the action to avoid disobeying the decision of the party.
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