A member of the House of Representatives, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has appealed to the majority leader of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, to step down for her in the speakership tussle.
The Abia lawmaker made the appeal while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, saying that All Progressives Congress (APC) should zone the speakership to the south-east to address the “demand for equity” from the zone
Onyejeocha and Gbajabiamila are both members of APC which is expected to produce the next crop of national assembly leaders having emerged the majority party in the two chambers.
The party had endorsed Gbajabiamila for the position of the speaker of the house.
Onyejeocha, however, urged the majority leader to “make a due sacrifice” by giving up on his ambition to become speaker “for Nigeria to move forward.”
She said, “I respect my party chairman and what the party has said it intends to do but I am appealing to them, it is not yet late to withdraw their decision and include a woman from the two geopolitical zones left out in 2015.”
“I know that the leader of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, is a good gentleman and good leader but there is a time when any man who is a leader indeed to make a needed sacrifice”.
“This opportunity comes only once when a leader will look at himself and say, ‘it’s not about me, it’s about Nigeria.’ I also believe that Nigeria needs healing and somebody has to pay the sacrifice for us to move to the next level, even if it means deciding that speakership should go to another zone.”
“As a woman who has distinguished herself and contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria, the APC should use the opportunity of my expression of interest in the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives to fulfil its promise to Nigerians, that it would increase women participation in the governance of the country,” Onyejeocha added