The race for the Speaker of the House of Representatives has assumed a new dimension following the resolve of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son in law, Uche Nwosu, to back Femi Gbajibiamiala for the Speakership of the House.
Okorocha’s Former Finance Commissioner, Hon.Chike Okafor, who represents Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma/Obowo Federal Constituency had indicated interest to run for the Speaker of the House.
Okafor’s interest in the race was interpreted to have the backing of Okorocha who had made a case for the South East to be part of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly.
Okafor had said he is qualified for the race having emerged as a ranking member and the need for the APC to have solid presence in the South East.
But Nwosu’s latest posture contradicts permutations that Hon.Okafor may not have the backing of Okorocha afterall
Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, Nwosu said there is need not to rebel against President Buhari’s choice for the Speaker of the House.
He said lawmakers on the platform of the party would support President Muhammadu Buhari if he endorses Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
He stated that the party already had an alliance with the APC to support President Buhari’s second term, adding that it will still stand by him on the issue of the National Assembly leadership.
Nwosu also lamented that South-East played a wrong political card in 2019 and the best way to remedy the situation was to support Buhari on the current issue of the National Assembly leadership.
According to Nwosu: “I have been supporting President Buhari before and during the election because of his integrity and uprightness and I will continue to do so irrespective of political or other sentiments.
“On the issue of the leadership of the National Assembly, I am with Mr. President one hundred percent, AA and APC Reps from Imo state will support Femi Gbajabiamila.
“It will not be in the interest of the Igbo to rebel against President Buhari’s choice of the issue of the NASS leadership because as it stands the Southeast can’t get that position by merely shouting, the error has been committed and we should be looking at the possible ways of remedying it.
“I remember that our leader, Owelle Rochas Okorocha was shouting during the election on the need to vote President Buhari and remain in mainstream politics but our people refused and preferred regional politics instead.
“In 2019 we played wrong politics like we did in 2015, where we decided to look the other way, forgetting that the main thing comes from the national, so making wild claims and shouting about the leadership of the National Assembly now is a big problem because what did we being to the table in the first place.
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