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Azubuike Emerges New Abia Assembly Speaker

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 9:47 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba

THE lawmaker representing Isiala Ngwa North State Constituency, Martins Azubuike, on Thursday June 11, 2015 emerged the Speaker of the Sixth Abia State House of Assembly, having been returned unopposed in an election for the leadership of the House.

His emergence as the 7th Speaker of the State House of Assembly followed his nomination by the member representing Ukwa East State Constituency, Mezie Ubani, and seconded by the member representing Osisioma Nga South State Constituency, Emeka Alozie.

Azubuike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is in his third term at the Assembly.

Also, the member representing Bende North State Constituency,  Cosmos Ndukwe of PDP emerged the Deputy Speaker, as he scored 13 votes to defeat his opponent and member representing Ummunnochi State Constituency, Ikedi Ezekwesili of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), who scored nine votes, while two votes were voided.

The election of other principal officers of the House was, however, deferred to next week, Monday, June 15, 2015 when the full business session is expected to commence in earnest.

In his acceptance speech, Azubuike solicited the corporation of all tiers of government, while pledging to carry every member along irrespective of their differences.

The  inauguration Assembly inauguration followed the reading of the governor’s proclamation by the Clerk of the House, John Pedro Irokansi, witnessed by the State Deputy Governor, Ude Oko Chukwu, and other former members of the House.

Meanwhile, Ikpeazu has congratulated members of the 6th State House of Assembly for their inauguration.

In a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Godwin Adindu, the governor, while wishing them successful tenure, urged the legislature to contribute meaningfully in deepening democracy in the state by ensuring that the 6th House remains vibrant and  a credible legislature.

Ikpeazu enjoined them to enact laws that cause for good governance in the state, reminding them that they were coming from their respective constituencies to serve the state.

He advised them to avoid intra-party rancour and see the state as their major constituency and keeps to their roles of checks and balances, remaining a partnership with the executive and other arms of government.