- Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, a member of the House of Representatives, asked Gbajabiamila, to step down for her
- Gbajabiamila is the candidate APC endorsed for the speakership position at the House of Reps
- Onyejeocha, however, appealed to step down for her while also urging the the ruling party to have a rethink and zone the speakership to the southeast
The speakership tussle at the lower chamber of the National Assembly took another dimension as Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, a member of the House of Representatives, urged Femi Gbajabiamila, majority leader of the house, to step down for her.
According to The Cable, the Abia lawmaker appealed to Gbajabiamila to “make due sacrifice” by giving up on his ambition to become speaker “for Nigeria to move forward.”
Onyejeocha on Tuesday, April 23, urged the ruling party to have a rethink and zone the speakership to the southeast.
She said while she respects the party’s decision, Gbajabiamila should “as a leader pay the sacrifice” for Nigeria to get to the next level.
Her words: “I respect my party chairman and what the party has said it intends to do but I am appealing to them, it is not yet late to withdraw their decision and include a woman from the two geo-political zones left out in 2015.
“I know that the leader of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, is a good gentleman and good leader but there is a time when any man who is a leader indeed needs to make needed sacrifice and that time is now for the leader of my party in the House of Representatives.
“This opportunity comes only once when a leader will look at himself and say, ‘it’s not about me, it’s about Nigeria.’ I also believe that Nigeria needs healing and somebody has to pay the sacrifice for us to move to the next level, even if it means deciding that speakership should go to another zone.”
Onyejeocha added that zoning the speakership to the south-east will address the “demand for equity” from the zone.
She said: “As a woman who has distinguished herself and contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria, the APC should use the opportunity of my expression of interest in the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives to fulfill its promise to Nigerians, that it would increase women participation in the governance of the country.”
Though Onyejeocha and Gbajabiamila are both members of the APC which is expected to produce the next crop of national assembly leaders having emerged the majority party in the two chambers, the latter has been endorsed by the leadership of the party.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an APC lawmaker called on the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, to allow Gbajabiamila to seek votes of colleagues by merit.
The lawmaker representing Chanchaga federal constituency, Mohammed Bago, through the Bago Campaign Organization alleged that Tinubu in a swift approach has succeeded in passing his choice candidate for the 9th speakership as the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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