…as Arewa group endorses his ambition
By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA-JOHN Chike Okafor representing Ehime Mbani/ Ihite/ Obowo Federal Constituency of Imo state on Tuesday declared an intetion to run for office of the speaker.
Okafor said” I have formally written to my party chairman last Thursday that I am ready to contest in the race.
While addressing the press, Okafor said he is very ready to run for the House of Representatives top position and so far the South East has not been given a fair deal.
Okafor explained that”in 2015 I wanted to run for same office but I was politely informed that I was not a ranking member and here I am again in 2019.
” I have done the right thing by writing my chairman of my intention to run because I know I am eminently qualified to pilot the affairs of the nineth House.
“As a former senior bank Manager and commissioner of finance, I strongly believe that running this House won’t be an issue.
On why the South East must produce the next speaker, Okafor said” in 2015 the APC polled over 198000 votes in the South East while in 2019 it polled over 403,000 votes.
“This is a remarkable improvement from what transpired in 2015 and APC is a government of the future so it must embrace inclusivity and give south East a sense of belonging.
Also, the Arewa Good Ggovernance and Transparency Initiative For Buhari endorsed the ambition of Okafor describing him as the most credible to mount House leadership’saddle in June.
President of the group, Nr Abdulbashir Abubakar in his address thanked Okafor for accepting to represent the interest of the South East in the Green Chambers.