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Ayamelum stakeholders back Anambra Speaker’s 3rd term bid

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Ayamelum Leaders of Thought, the apex leadership body in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State, which is the local government area and constituency of the incumbent Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Uchenna Okafor, has reaffirmed that their decision to allow the speaker contest again in the forthcoming general election is sacrosanct.

The Chairman, Ayamelum Leaders of Thought, Tony Chinedu affirmed this in an interview with newsmen in Awka, Anambra State capital, while clearing the air on the true position of the stakeholders over who should represent the constituency in the state’s House of Assembly come 2023.

  It would be recalled that Ayamelum is a local government and constituency made up of three regions —Ayamelum North, Ayamelum South, and Ayamelum Central.

It would also be recalled that the current Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Uchenna Okafor, who hails from Ayamelum North, has represented the constituency for about eight years now, having served his first four years in the House as a member, and currently serving his second four years as a Speaker of the House.

Chief Chinedu also revealed that  other major reasons why they approved Rt. Hon. Okafor’s third term aspiration was because of the numerous things the people of the constituency have individually and collectively benefitted from him, especially through his position as the Speaker of the House; what they stand to benefit further if he returns to the House; as well as his very high chances of retaining the Speakership position if re-elected the third time, being a ranking member in the House.

“The likelihood of retaining that position as a Speaker is about 95 per cent; and so, we can’t afford to allow that position to elude us,” he said.

In their separate remarks, the President-General of Ifite-Ogwari and Chairman of all the PGs in Ayamelum, Oliver Okonkwo;  the immediate-past Transition Committee Chairman of Ayamelum Local Government Area, Benjamin Onyeabor; and the Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ayamelum Local Government, Livinus Onyenwe faulted the claims by some people kicking against the Speaker’s re-election on the ground that he didn’t construct roads and other developmental projects in the constituency, and reminded such people that the primary duty of a legislator is to make laws; and not to construct road or projects.

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