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Obiano won’t influence Seventh Assembly – Oye

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Says APGA never denied speakership to Anambra South

NATIONAL chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APGA ) Chief Victor Ike Oye,  has said that Governor Willie Obiano won’t rubber-stamp the 7th state Assembly which was inaugurated on June 12 , this year.

Oye stated that the executive will not interfere with the proceedings of the legislature as both arms of government were independent of each other even though he considered the fact that they must maintain cordial relations for  the successful implementation of state policies and programmes.

The APGA national chairman stated this in Awka while responding to questions from journalists on the expectations of the 7th Anambra State House of Assembly headed by Uche Okafor as Speaker with Paschal Agbodike as Deputy-Speaker, Nnamdi Okafor as Majority Leader, Emeka Aforka as Deputy Majority Leader among other principal officers.

Oye noted that Governor  Obiano believes in consensus-building and also team play, stressing that the governor was not the type of man that harasses people because according to him, the governor recognised the fact that the House of Assembly was an independent arm of the government and should be allowed the liberty to discharge its responsibilities in accordance with the dictates of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

He therefore wished the newly constituted lawmakers sound health, God’s guidance and protection as they commence the business of legislation for the current dispensation, urging the 7th state Assembly legislators to build an egalitarian state where all and sundry will be happy while delivering on the promises they made to their constituents.

On the purported denial of the speakership position from Anambra-South Senatorial District, Oye explained that the All Progressives Grand Alliance never denied, nor deprived any zone of the leadership of the 7th state Assembly.

According to him, the national secretariat of the party had issued a press statement to that effect explaining the party’s decision on the afor- stated development.

He said that it was most worrisome that “one problem about most Nigerians is that they don’t plan ahead.  APGA is a party for the future, so, we plan ahead. You know by 2022, the incumbent governor will be serving out his tenure.

We are already planning and by 2022, governorship will move to the south. We have zoned the governorship to the south and having zoned the governorship to the south, the Speaker should go to the north. That is what we are doing now.

We didn’t deny anybody anything. It is the party’s decision and that’s it.”

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