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The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji has urged politicians in the State to exercise restraint in their utterances and actions and work together for the peace and stability of the State.
The Speaker stated this earlier today while receiving a delegation of Ikwuano/Umuahia political stakeholdes who visited him at his Umuahia residence to present him with Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the Federal House of Representatives.
The Speaker who described members of the delegation as men and women of peace expressed the need for leaders and politicians to conduct themselves in manners that will not throw the State into confusion in the run up to the 2023 elections. He expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders for finding him worthy of such kind gesture of theirs even though he had resolved to be less active in politics for now.
He promised the stakeholders that he was going to revert back to them shortly in order for him to reflect more on the issue and consult more widely with the people particularly the youths who had also earlier thronged his residence demanding he enters the governorship race, saying this was important so everyone would feel carried along in whatever decision he finally arrives at.
Presenting the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to the Speaker earlier, one of the leaders of the delegation, Pastor Emeka Inyama, said although Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji is eminently qualified to vie for the office of Governor as the youths rightly demanded but that the Ikwuano/Umuahia Stakeholders had come to urge him to contest for the Federal House of Representatives "so as to continue speaking for us having done very well as both a Lawmaker and Speaker at the State level". Inyama reeled out some of the achievements of the Speaker to include the remodelling of the Abia State House of Assembly Complex to a 'mini-London', the construction of several mini Stadiums across three local government areas of the state, the substantial empowerment of youths across the state, the stability he brought to the State Assembly and the support and cooperation given to the Governor and the Executive Arm of Government among others. He therefore urged the Speaker to accept their clarion call to run for House of Representatives.
On his part, the member representing Umuahia South State Constituency at the Abia State House of Assembly, and a member of the stakeholders forum, Hon Jerry Uzosike, urged the Speaker to strongly consider their request as he remains undoubtedly qualified to vie for any office in the land but that this request was borne out of their desire to ensure that he continues speaking for the people at a higher level. He threatened legal actiin against the Speaker should he not accede to their request but decides to take a rest from politics.
Other stakeholders present at the presentation ceremony are a founding member of PDP in the State, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya (Evuleogu), Executive Chairman of Umuahia North LGA, Hon Ugochukwu Njikonye, a former Commissioner for Lands & Survey in the State, Hon Suleiman Ukandu, a former Commissioner for Public Utilities, Chief Emma Nwabuko, a chieftain of the PDP, Chief Mrs Ngozi Oji, immediate past Transition Council Chairman of Umuahia North LGA, Chief Lucky Akabuike among others.
Jude Chijioke Ndukwe
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker,
Abia State House of Assembly
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