OrderPaperToday – The governor of Imo state and former Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, has urged the new Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to work toward national inclusion.
Governor Ihedioha made the call while congratulating the newly elected national assembly leaders in a press statement by Chibuike Onyeukwu, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
“I congratulate the President of Senate, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and their deputies on their emergence. I urge them to ensure the strengthening of democracy in our country,” he stated.
He also commended the process that led to the emergence of the National Assembly leadership, urging them to avoid partisan and divisive politics.
“Obviously, people voted their minds and they got overwhelming majority of votes. We expect them to work in consonance with the mandates they have been given.
“We expect them to ensure that the six geo-political zones in this country are given their rights of place and to run one house devoid of partisanship and division, and then strengthen the unity of our nation which today requires all of us to put hands on deck.
“So, we support and encourage the leadership of the National Assembly for success. And interestingly I am a product of that Assembly and of a due process like this. So, I will give my loyalty and support to the leadership of the National Assembly”.
Speaking on the exclusion of Southeast from the current leadership composition of the legislative arm, Ihedioha said: “It’s a democratic process. The officers emerged through a democratic process. I am not of the ruling All Progressives Congress. When our party was in control, we ensured fairness and equity in the distribution of positions.”
Adding, he said: “There is no way anybody from the Southeast will claim to be happy that nobody from the zone occupies any of the top six positions in the country. It didn’t happen in our time. And so these are posers for us to ponder.”