- Nkiruka Onyejeocha says she is still in the race for the speakership of the 9th National Assembly
- Onyejeocha denies trading her political pursuit for the position of the chief whip of the House of Representatives
- The lawmaker argues that she would be comfortable with being a member rather than stress herself because of a political bargain
A ranking female member of the House of Representatives and contender for the speakership of the ninth National Assembly, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, has denied stepping down or using the opportunity as a bargain strategy.
Onyejeocha, a member of the All Progressives Congress from Abia state, said she was still in the race and continuing with consultations and engagements ahead of the election of principal officers of the National Assembly.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Onyejeocha said the claim that was stepping down to accept the position of chief whip of the House was false.
“Why would I want to bargain for anything less than the office of the speaker. I am a very serious-minded person; I do not give into frivolities and will not be a game for anybody.
“I will not use speakership to bargain for anything; it is more comfortable for me to sit down and remain a ranking member than going through the stress,” she said.
Daily Independent quotes Onyejeocha as saying she was still in the race and will continue to engage members to whom she is yet to reach out.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the House of Representatives member representing Isiukwuato/ Umunneochi federal constituency of Abia state, disclosed the reason she wants to become speaker of the House.
The newly re-elected lawmaker made the disclosure recently.
The ranking lawmaker was also endorsed by the southeast APC publicity secretaries.
The publicity secretaries made their position known in Enugu on Wednesday, April 3, while briefing journalists on the forthcoming 9th Assembly.
The APC publicity secretary in Abia, Benedict Godson, said that Onyejeocha was over qualified in terms of experience in politics, human development and management.
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