The Abia State APC has dispelled rumours that it has made a shift in its earlier support for the emergence of the Abia North Senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu as the Senate Deputy President and Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as Speaker House of Representatives.
Speaking ABN TV in Umuahia, the state publicity secretary of the party, Comrade Benedict Godson said there is no truth in such rumour, insisting that the party is not ready to compromise it support for the two lawmakers to emerge principal officers.
He said the decision to support the two candidates was reached in an extended exco meeting of the party where it became a unilateral agreement of the party to support their own.
Comrade Godson however stated that this decision does not prevent any member of the party from having any personal opinion, adding that the collective decision of the party has not been reversed.
He described Hon. Onyejeocha as a good legislator, experienced person who has also been a council boss, Commissioner and a forth timer in the House of Representatives, adding that she has a grounded knowledge of how the business of legislature is run, coupled with her ability to manage human and material resources.
He insisted that these qualities stand her out as the best to occupy the position of the Speaker in the ninth National Assembly.
On the Abia North Senator-elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the Publicity Secretary said the former governor is not a first timer in the legislative business, having been previously elected into the House of Representatives.
He added that the incoming federal lawmaker performed well, brought stability to Abia and took it to a greater height when he held sway as the governor.
Comrade Godson said Kalu had what it takes to represent the state and the South East region at the National Assembly if elected to Senate Deputy President.
He expressed confidence in the Hon. Donatus Nwankpa led exco of the party, saying the party has come of higher strength in the state than it previously was.
He added that this made it possible for the party to defeat the deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, former chief of staff and others, saying Hon. Nwankpa brought the party to enviable height in the state and is committed to producing the next deputy senate president and the speaker.
He expressed optimism that the national leadership of APC will support the South East region in its quest to produce principal officers in the ninth national, adding that the region has done a lot for the party now more than ever.
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