A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chike Okafor, representing Okigwe South federal constituency of Imo State has given reasons for seconding the nomination of Hon. Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives.
Okafor who spoke to newsmen in Owerri revealed that he acted in line with the resolve of the new members of the National Assembly to resist imposition by the leadership of the party.
“I not only seconded the nomination of Speaker Dogara, I was also his agent during the election inside the chambers. When the lot failed on me, I had no option than to second the motion and if I have the opportunity I will do it again.
“APC from the unset never endorsed anybody to be elected speaker. I am surprised at what some party members and people are saying about endorsement of somebody to become dowager.
“As a member-elect, I was never communicated to about whom to vote for by the leadership of the party and as a member-elect, it would be abnormal for anyone to say we have endorsed this person,” the lawmaker said.
The federal lawmaker recalled that before the election, there were series of endorsements both among the party caucus and zonal levels but there was no consensus at the level of the party.
He maintained that the newly elected members took their stand to resist any imposition by the party leadership based on strong principle and bold resolve to give Nigerians who elected them uninhibited collective quality representation.
Commenting on the issue on the ranking member rules, Okafor argued that it was discriminatory and should be revisited to accommodate both returning and new members based on equity and leadership record of the individual members.
He however commended the Presidency for endorsing the new leadership of NASS as well as applauded the APC’s leadership decision to let go and recognize the Speaker and other principal officers so elected last Tuesday.

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