THE National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged to ensure that the office of the Speaker, House of Representatives is zoned to the South East, and offered to a woman, in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness.
On Wednesday, in Enugu, a Coalition of Southeast Civil Society & Human Rights Organizations (CSCSHRO) also implored old and newly elected members of the House to elect Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the member representing Isiukwuato/Umunneochi federal constituency, Abia State, Speaker, House of Representatives.
The coordinators of the coalition, Dr Jasper Uche and Comrade Ibuchukwu Ezike, told journalists that the APC would have strengthened its claim of change by “zoning the Speakership position to the South East and letting a woman occupy the office.”
The coalition also called on women organizations in the country to support the initiative, noting that by allowing a woman to occupy the position, Nigeria would make the womenfolk feel included in the scheme of things.
Explaining their choice of Hon. Onyejeocha, the coalition stated that, “she is a ranking legislator, having spent 12 years in the National Assembly with outstanding results. We therefore feel that she has the cognate experience as a legislator in the Lower Chamber to occupy the office.”
The group said Onyejeocha has character and a clean record of service in public office, stressing that she had always aligned with the people in all her legislative strides.
Continuing, they noted further that: “Also, Nigeria would be seen as being compliant to a progressive trend at a time when the world is calling for greater inclusion of women in the political space.
“Moreover, women from the South East had given good account of themselves when they served the nation. The list includes the likes of Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Arumma Oteh, the late Prof Dora Akunyili, among others.”