The Deputy Speaker of Ebonyi House of Assembly, Chief Obasi Odefa, has urged the electorate to always vote for candidates who possess legislative experience into the Assembly.
Odefa gave the advice on Sunday at Isu, the headquarters of Onicha Local Government Area (LGA) of the state during the constituency briefing of the assembly’s former Deputy Speaker, Chief Valentine Okike (PDP—Onicha West).
Odefa noted that Okike, who is seeking for a third tenure in the Aassembly, possessed the necessary legislative experience to offer his people equitable representation.
The deputy speaker, who is also seeking a fourth tenure in the Assembly, noted that legislation needed experience to effectively make laws that would ensure the people enjoyed democratic dividends.
“When a new person is elected into any Assembly, both at state and federal level, he spends much tine learning and understanding the intricacies of the assembly.
“The person will still be learning the intricacies when his tenure expires and the good people of Onicha West constituency do not deserve to be represented by a learner,” he said.
He noted that the electrification project by Okike which he inaugurated among other projects, showed that the lawmaker understood his peoples’ needs and was desirous to solve them.
“I thank you all for adopting Okike and Gov. David Umahi for re-election and I assure that they will continue to utilise their experiences in office to uplift your wellbeing,” he said.
Contributing, Okike thanked the people for adopting him for third tenure in the Assembly and assured that he would utilise his legislative experience to enhance their wellbeing.
“I have made myself available to represent my people as long as they want, and like an obedient servant, will also come back whenever they desire.
“I will obey this call to continue with the governor and complete our tenures and subsequently come back together in 2023,” he said.
The lawmaker noted that the nation’s constitution guarantees the freedom of eligible individuals to vie for political offices of their choices but added that the peoples’ voices must always be obeyed.
“I thank my brothers who are equally aspiring for the position for their understanding, particularly those who have withdrawn from the race and those still dialoguing with me.
“I will never forget such consideration and still hope that the few who are still in the contest will withdraw like others,” he said.
He noted that he attracted several democratic dividends to the people in the areas of infrastructure, education and empowerment among others.
“The electrification project consisting 300 KVA transformer inaugurated by the deputy speaker is an eloquent testimony as I have also constructed several boreholes, distributed 70 motorcycles and 40 electricity generators among others to my constituents.
“I also attracted the Oshiri-Onicha road, Isu-Aknau Uburu road, the renovation of the Onicha General Hospital, all executed by the executive arm of government led by the governor.
“I donated 100 bags of rice to the people and 100 bags of fertilizers to farmers in December 2017 and this is being complemented by the over 200 bags of fertilizers I am distributing presently to farmers,” he said.
Chief Donatus Njoku, Ebonyi Commissioner for Environment, commended the lawmaker for remembering his people and assured them of continued equitable representation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the constituencies’ stakeholders gave their goodwill messages at the occasion and subsequently adopted Okike and Gov. Umahi for re-election into their respective offices.