As Onyejeocha, Namdas declare for the speakership
By Henry Umoru& Emman Ovuakporie
AHEAD of the inauguration of the 9th Senate, former Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ndume (APC, Borno South) has written to the National Working Committee, NWC, of All Progressives Congress, APC, declaring his intention to contest for the position of the Senate President.
In a letter of intent dated March 25, 2019, and addressed to the APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, Ndume who has thrown his hat into the ring, has, however, asked for the blessings of his party.
He said: “Following the successful conduct of the 2019 general election and the overwhelming victory of our great party the APC at all levels, I hereby forward my letter of intent to contest for the office of the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly.
“I wish to emphasize that my decision to contest for the Senate Presidency is informed by my conviction to contribute my quota to nation building.”
Meanwhile, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation and House spokesperson, Abdulrazaq Namdas, have declared their intentions to be Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives.
Onyejeocha from Isiukwuato/ Umunneochi federal constituency of Abaia State is a fourth timer in the House elected on the platform of APC and the only female contestant so far in the race.
Namdas, the House spokesperson will declare his intention today at an event scheduled for one of the major outlets in Abuja.
She made the declaration, yesterday, at a media briefing, saying that she’s in the race to help advance the party’s developmental policies using the Next Level slogan.
In a related development, Onyejeocha’s ambition received a boost from some civil society organisations yesterday as a human rights and advocacy group, Coalition of South East Civil Society and Human Rights Organisations is drumming support for the candidacy of Onyejeocha, who’s the only female in the race so far.
In a statement signed by Jasper Uche and Ibuchukwu Ezike who are the conveners, the rights groups said the APC, being a national party should consider geographical spread and gender balance in allowing h political positions to deserving members in line with what the United States just did recently with the election of a female speaker, Nancy Pelosi.