A member of the House of Representatives representing Arochukwu/Ohafia federal constituency of Abia state, Hon Nkole Udukwe has said that federal character must be maintained in sharing the leadership positions in the national assembly.
Hon Udukwe who is a member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP told our correspondent in Abuja that the National Assembly is not an extension of any political party and its members should be allowed to choose who should represent them in the leadership positions.
“NASS is not an extension of any political party; the federal character must be respected. The speaker is from North East, the deputy speaker is from the South West, why will you want the next highest position to go down to the South West? You have the South South and the rest. There must be spread among all the zones of the country. The principle of federal character must be applied,” he said.
The lawmaker also reminded President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill all the promise he made to Nigerians during the campaigns saying “we are waiting for him to fulfill his promises during the campaigns, for example to see that one Dollar equals one Naira, school children to have a meal once in a day in the school, we encourage him to make sure that he fulfills them.”
Ho Udukwe who assured of the PDP readiness to provide credible opposition to the APC led federal government faulted the president’s decision to doll out funds to governors in the name of bailout and said that the National Assembly would look into the situation if the said money was duly appropriated in the budget.
“There is separation of powers between the executive and legislature. Any money spent, which is not appropriated is illegal. The House will look at the situation and see how it will resolve the issues. We are all Nigerians. The president’s unhealthy decision is not good for the nation and for our democracy.”
He explained that one of his agenda in the lower chamber is to push for the reconstruction of the old bridge in Arochukwu area of Abia state.
“Another area that I will look into is the primary health care and education where I intend to partner with international organisations within the frame work of the budget to uplift the educational level of our people while the women and youths will be adequately empowered,” he said.
Hon Udukwe further said that he had already taken a geophysical survey of his constituency covering Abriba and Ohafia to see how portable water can be generated and supplied to the people as he expressed sadness over the suffering of the people of the area over lack of portable water for their daily usage and expressed his readiness to offer quality representation to his people.


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