OrderPaperToday – The lawmaker representing Ehime Mbano/Ihite Uboma/Obowo federal constituency of Imo State, Mr. Chike Okafor has been endorsed by a northern youths group to contest the position of the House of Representatives Speaker of the 9th National Assembly.
The group known as Arewa Governance and Transparency Initiative said Mr. Okafor was the most qualified to take up the position irrespective of zone, religion or tribe.
Presenting an endorsement medal to Mr. Okafor, the leader of the group, Abdulbashir Abubakar promised to mobilize 5 million youths and students across the country in support of the lawmaker.
“We the Arewa group for governance wish to appeal to you to consider contesting for the position of Speaker for the 9th NASS because see leadership qualities in you and the manner which you relate with the youths is worth emulating. we believe in your integrity and capacity to lead the House of Representatives.
“Mr. Chike Okafor has exibited high level of examplary leadership through the various positions he has held before now. He was one time Commissioner of Finance in Imo State, former manager of Zenith bank and currently the chairman of House of Representatives committee on Health Care Services and has performed beyond expectation.
He continued, “Mr. Okafor has been benevolent with his service to humanity through his various humanitarian programmes.
“He is a foundation of knowledge and a leader who is able to translate thoughts into reality. He is a successful politician and an achiever of excellence and it is based on all these qualities that the group have decided to endorse you as their sole candidate irrespective of tribe, ethnicity and religion.”
On his part, Mr. Okafor appreciated the group and thanked them for their visit and called for him to run for the position of speaker of the House of Representative, 9th assembly.
According to him, “today, you have come to lend your voice in addressing a subject matter that has easily become the most topical in our political space.
“The issue of zoning and election of Principal Officers of the National Assembly is about the most important talking point for most legislators and avid politicians presently. While the position of the Senate President has been zoned by our party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), to the North-East, we are aware that the party is yet to zone the Speakership of the House of Representatives to any zone.
“You are already aware of the clamour from across the country for equitable distribution of the principal offices of the National Assembly and most importantly, the recent push by several APC support groups from across the Northern states and the South-East calling on the party leadership to zone the Speakership of the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives to the South-East.
“In 2015, the APC denied the South-East principal-officer positions in the National Assembly on the ground that we did not have a ranking member under the APC. I was slated for leadership position then, but was eventually denied the position of Deputy Whip because I was a first timer, now I am back and ranking!
“Gentlemen and ladies let me use the opportunity of your visit, and overwhelming endorsement to declare that I have thrown my hat in the ring. I am running for the Speakership of the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives, and have formally written to the National Chairman, and Members of the National Working Committee, (NWC) of my party, the All Progressives Congress, (APC)”