PDP will produce next speaker of the 9th Assembly- lawmaker

PDP will produce next speaker of the 9th Assembly- lawmaker
By Angela Nwaeze

A federal lawmaker, representing Ezza North /Ishielu federal constituency of Ebonyi state, under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anayo Nwonu, has stated that despite reduction in number at the lower chamber that PDP will still produce the next Speaker of the ninth assembly.

He stated this while addressing journalists in his polling unit, Ekka 001 shortly after casting his vote during the Saturday, March 23, supplementary election in the state.

Nwonu expressed confidence that the party PDP will regain some of it’s lost seats very soon, noting that their being in the minority will not in anyway make them inactive in the discharge of their legislative functions.

“National politics and legislative politics are quite different. Being a second term lawmaker, that we reduced in number will not really affect any legislative processes in the green chambers. For now we are already shopping for who will become the next Speaker and I know Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers are the main people to decide who will be the Speaker of the 9th Assembly .

“In fact let me tell you before the quarter of the year as we are being sworn in , PDP will definitely gain back it’s number”.
Speaking on the outcome of the 2019 elections, Nwonu said that the party at the national level was contesting the result of the presidential election because it was brazenly rigged.

He said that at the state level, INEC may have conducted a relative free and fair election which was why some PDP state governors were commending the electoral umpire.

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Stating: “What PDP is saying is to cancel the Presidential election, they are not saying that the whole elections should be cancelled. The governors are congratulating INEC where they did well but blame them where they didn’t do well.

“Everyone in Nigeria knows that the presidential election was completely rigged. But I pray PDP will go to court and take its mandate back”.

On the violence that led to the cancellation of election in his constituency during the March 9 election, the federal lawmaker, noted that his people were not aggrieved but that it was a case of strangers throwing stones at a glass house.

“My people are not aggrieved, the point is that Ezza north people understand the politics of the day so they are always political conscious. What makes it look as if there is always a problem or fight in my place is the case of outsiders trying to throw stones at a glass house.

“But as a lawmaker we are trying to stop that, what happened in the last elections will not repeat itself in Ezza north, in fact in the entire constituencies” he added.

Though the supplementary election in the state was peaceful, he doubted if the 36, 000 voters disenfranchised during the March 9 election which orchestrated the rerun, would come out to vote.

According to Nwonu; “I don’t think that 36,000 voters that were disenfranchised in this constituency during the governorship and state Assembly polls would all come out to vote. It is not possible. You know in Nigeria once you shift the date of a particular function people will neglect the event and go for their businesses”.

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Recall that the state Assembly candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr Chikaodiri Nomeh, on Friday stepped down for Mr Victor Chukwu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, both the electorates and INEC ad-hoc staff at Ekka polling unit 002, 009 and polling until 001, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the election and the performance of the card reader.

Mr Igwe Sampson INEC ad-hoc staff, Ekuma Uchenna Nelson and Nkiru Okeh electorates, in Ekka integration polling unit 009, described the election to be peaceful.

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