Chinedum Orji emerges speaker Abia house of Assembly
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
The 7th Abia House of Assembly has been inaugurated.
Former majority leader of the 6th House, Engr. Chinedum Orji representing Umuahia central and son of former governor of the state, Theodore Orji emerged the speaker, while Ifeanyi Uchendu of Ohafia south emerged deputy speaker.
Member representing Ugwunagbo state constituency, Munachim Alozie nominated Chinedum Orji for the position of the speaker and was supported by the member for Isiala Ngwa North state constituency, Ginger Onwusibe.
This nomination was unopposed in the house with 19 PDP members, 3 APGA members and 2 APC members.
There had been speculations that Chinedum Orji was going to emerge as the new speaker with lots of power play leading to this day.
Former speaker Chikwendu KANU who hitherto was rumoured to be interested in the position was equally silent during nomination.
With the exit of Cosmas Ndukwe, former deputy speaker, a new one also emerged unopposed, Ifeanyi Uchendu of Ohafia South.
Other principal officers of the 7th Assembly include; Solomon Akpulonu (Obingwa East)as the majority leader and Paul Taribo (Ukwa East) as deputy majority leader.
Abraham Oba of Aba Central is the new minority leader while Chijioke Chukwu of Bende North deputises him.
The chief whip is Munachim Alozie (Ugwunagbo) and deputy chief whip, Chukwudi Apugo(Umuahia East).
In his acceptance speech, Speaker Chinedum Orji said the 7th assembly will ensure it carries out “very sound and strong oversight functions signifying that the era of disobeying laws and resolutions passed by the Abia State House of Assembly is over.”
He said the Assembly under his watch shall be vibrant and result oriented.
” We are the House of the people, by the people and for the people and we shall endeavor to make the centre point of all our actions and decisions,” he said.
He said the major role of the House will be to protect and preserve equity and justice already entrenched in the state and symbolised by the present governor.
Deputy governor Ude Okochukwu inaugurated the 7th Assembly on behalf of governor Okezie Ikpeazu