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9th NASS: Lobbying Best Approach to Negotiate Good Position For South East – Benjamin Kalu

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Barr. Benjamin Kalu
Barr. Benjamin Kalu

As politics for who emerge the principal officers of the 9th National Assembly continues, the House of Representatives member elect for Bende Federal Constituency Abia state, Chief Barr. Benjamin Kalu has said the South East region is intensifying efforts to lobby his party, the APC to consider the Igbo in the sharing of key positions.

He made this revelation on Sunday in a chat with ABN TV in Igbere, Bende local government Abia State.

Barr. Kalu said though they are from the South East region, they are from a party and believe in the supremacy of the party.

If the party has taken a position, we don’t fight them to change that position through war of words or any antagonistic approach. We do that through lobbying. We lobby the party and ask the party to change positions that are not favourable to us. And that is what the South East is doing.

“Yesterday (Saturday) we were at Enugu and we were able to deliberate how to go about it. The whole house agreed that we are not going to fight the party or go into war with the party. We are going to lobby and committees have been set up to go and reach out to the party and tell the party that what is fair is fair, what is just is just.

“That in the sharing of these positions, the six geopolitical zones should be put into consideration. I’m sure my party is a listening party. With this lobbying that is to going in place, we are going to get what we are looking for. Politics is about lobbying and diplomacy. It is not about fight. We from the South East we are not going to fight the leadership of the party but to lobby and get what is best for us” he said.

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He said the region has qualified candidates to man various principal positions in the 9th National Assembly, expressing optimism that the national working committee of the party will look into the concerns of the region.

Barr. Kalu insisted that APC performed better in 2019 than in 2015 election in the South East region, stating that in 2015, the party did not have any member of House of Representatives in Abia but produced two in 2019, and one senatorial position which the party did not have in 2015.

He said out of the five members elected into the National Assembly from the region, Abia alone has three.

He added that there was opportunity for the region to do better than that but blamed the security agencies over inaccessibility, stating that inability to protect their votes caused the loss of some elective positions the party would have won.

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The legal practitioner expressed his readiness to perform his core functions as a member of House of Representatives which include legislative function, oversight function and representative function, assuring his constituency that he is going to the National Assembly ready, adding that they will not be left behind.

Barr. Kalu vowed that he will look for solutions to the hydra headed needs of his people at the rural area, maintaining that his experience as a private sector player fully prepares him for the job.

He said his cardinal objective is to attract the attention of the Federal government to deal with the problems confronting his people to a very large extent, promising that he will do well at the National Assembly.

Barr. Kalu insisted that being a non ranking member of the National Assembly will not limit his performance, adding that he is lobbying for a strategic committee that will help him perform his duty better as a representative of the people.

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