The chapter of All Progressive Congress in Abia State has said that their support for Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha remains unshaken.
The chapter said Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila should forget the dream of becoming the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 9th National Assembly.
While Gbajabiamila enjoys the support and endorsement of the national working committee of the ruling party, Onyejiocha relies on the support of her constituency.
Apart from party support, Gbajabiamila also enjoys the support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of APC Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
But in the latest report by The Sun, Abia State APC denied endorsing Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives.
The party instead reiterated its support for Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha and Orji Uzor Kalu for deputy senate president.
Kalu was the former governor of Abia State from 1999 to 2007.
Abia APC described the report that it endorsed another candidate for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives, aside Onyejeocha, who represents Isiukwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, as fake.
Abia APC Publicity Secretary Comrade Benedict Godson disclosed this in Umuahia, yesterday.
He said the party in the state still stands with an earlier endorsement of Kalu and Onyejiocha, for deputy senate president and speaker, respectively; as endorsed by its caucus, few weeks ago, at Igbere, in Bende Local Government Area of the state.
— Femi Gbajabiamila (@femigbaja) May 10, 2019
“As far as the speakership is concerned, there’s no second choice to Hon. Nkiru Onyejeocha, to us in Abia APC.
“She’s our first, second, and third choice from now, till she emerges victorious. Anything contrary to what I’ve just told you is not from APC Abia.
“I repeat, any other pronouncement made on this matter, outside what I have just told you, is not coming from Abia APC.
“Our stand remains Hon. Nkiru Onyejeocha for speakership and Dr. Orji Uzor-Kalu for deputy senate president,” The Sun quoted him as saying.
He also dismissed allegations that Kalu was behind the report of the support for Gbajabiamila, stressing that the senator-elect for Abia North has always been behind Onyejiocha in the speakership race and would continue to be.
If Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha emerges as the Speaker of the House, she would be the second female to head the lower legislative chamber.
The first female to lead the lower chamber was Hon. Patricia Etteh between June 6, 2007 to October 30, 2007, when he was forced to resign on corruption allegation.