The Forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) Public Relations Officers (PROs) in the north east has aired its views on the ongoing power tussle for the leadership of the House of Representatives.
This was disclosed by the coordinator of the forum Aaron Artimas, at a news conference in Abuja on Friday.
The Forum PROs while declaring support for Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as speaker of the ninth House of Representatives, argued that Onyejeocha has the required experience to lead the House.
Artimas said the forum was supporting the endorsement of Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as speaker of the ninth House of Representatives by the south east APC public relations officers.
According to the APC chief, Onyejeocha, a four-time member of the House of Representatives, represented many shades of national opinion, especially in relation to gender.
Artimas said Onyejeocha has a wealth of political experience, having been a grass root politician, a former local government chairman and an effective legislator, qualifying her to represent the south east and to serve the country.
“As party officials, we are not opposed to the presumptive position taken by the national leadership of our party, but we strongly believe that no decision is exhaustive or final”
“This has nothing to do with the presumed low patronage of the party in the region, we believe that it is very appropriate to give them this wonderful opportunity so as to carry all parts of the country along.
“It is for this reason that we hereby declare our solidarity for the south east in their quest to shift the leadership of the House of Representatives to the zone,” he said.
Argueing that Nigeria had always stood on a political tripod anchored on the three founding political regions, west, east and the north, Artimas implored the APC leadership to reconsider its decision to zone the position to the south west.
Earlier in the week, a top contender for the position of speaker of the ninth House of Representatives, Muhammad Monguno, stepped down from the race and endorsed Femi Gbajabiamila, his colleagues from Lagos state.
This leaves Onyejeocha to contest for the position against Femi Gbajabiamila from the south west and who is believed to have the backing of the APC.