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Deputy Speaker House of Representatives visits Charles Ogbonnaya, calls for his return to politics



Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt Hon. Benjamin Kalu has called for strong support from political Stakeholders and Men of goodwill in Abia State to throw their weight behind him in his quest to sell the southeast project to the rest of the country stressing that he cannot do it alone.

Kalu who said this during a courtesy visit to a two time former Commissioner in the state Chief Charles Ogbonnaya and Members of the Umuahia Political Forum maintained that occupying an exalted position in the House of Reps and by extension the number 6 position in Nigeria demands that he has a strong support from his home base as this will further open up Abia and the Southeast at large for greater opportunities at the federal level.

The Bende Federal Constituency Representative used the avenue to call on Chief Ogbonnya who sometime in December 2023 announced his retirement from partisan politics to return back to politics and this time to his party the All Progressives Congress in order to help reposition the Umuahia political Forum, Abia political space and by extension the Southeast for what he described as immense benefits that lie ahead as he put the decision to a voice vote which was greeted by a thunderous affirmation by those present.

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Responding, Chief Ogbonnya who goes by the Title Evulogu Ibeku appreciated the Deputy Speaker for finding time in his busy schedule to visit him as he extoled the number six Nigerian Citizen for his efforts so far in sponsoring and propagating bills that position the southeast for development that has eluded the region since the civil war.

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The former Trade and Investment Commissioner who assured the Deputy Speaker of his support and his consideration of his request to return to politics, used the opportunity to call on the astute Legislator to do all he can to secure the release of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention which he said will further ender him to the hearts of Ndigbo.

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Dailytrail news reports that in the entourage of the Deputy Speaker was the former Ikwuoano/Umuahia Federal Constituency Representative and currently the Member representing the South-East on the Governing Board of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), Rep. Sam Onuigbo, former Abia house of Assembly Speaker and currently Commissioner representing Southeast in the FCT Civil Service Commission Rt. Hon. Martin Azubuike, Former Acting Governor in Abia state Stanley Ohajuruka, former Minister for Labour Emeka Nwogu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Deputy Speaker Daniel Akwari amongst others.

Members of the Umuahia Political forum present at the meeting included former Leader Abia House of Assembly; Rt Hon. Chidiebere Nwoko, Dr. Emeka Enyiazu, former Chairman Umuahia North Local Government Hon. Chidiebere Nwachukwu, the Woman Leader of the Forum Chief Mrs. Chika Ezeala amongst others.