The Coalition of South Eastern Young Leaders Association ( CSYLA) has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider the South Eastern region for speaker, if the region cannot get senate president.
In a statement signed by Dr Ogwo Okechukwu Kalu and made available to Daily Trust on Friday in Awka, Anambra state capital, the group asked the APC to pacify South East with the position of speaker of the house if it cannot get senate president.
The group however nominated the current Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon Benjamin Kalu for the position.
According to the group, it arrived at the decision after its meeting on Wednesday.
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It stated that the leadership of the House of Representatives will be better under Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, its current Spokesperson.
According to the group, it is confident that he would build on the landmark achievements of Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila and Rep. Wase, who brought great innovations on better ways of getting things done in the legislature.
It stated that Benjamin Kalu has demonstrated credibility, capacity, commitment, dedication and high sense of responsibility in discharging his duties of managing the image of the House of Representatives.
“To give the South-easterners the sense of belonging, stimulating a better national unity, the Speakership slot of House of Representatives should be zoned to the South East.
“We have a candidate in Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, the current Spokesperson of the House of Representatives whom we are confident will exceed expectations with his performance.
“He survived all that was thrown at him to stop him from standing boldly for APC in the South East, with no state governor to shield him during campaigns and elections since Abia State is under PDP, no godfather to project or protect his ambition as many of them divided APC to chose labour and other political parties instead of APC, yet he fought like a wounded lion for APC and won the battle as the only surviving APC house of representative member in the entire Abia state, the other two in the South East had the covering of their state Governors who were APC Governors but Rep. Benjamin Okezie Kalu fought alone and won for APC despite the LP wave in the south east which retired many great politicians.”
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