By Ozo Ray
Hon. Anthony Chukwudi Orekyeh, Anambra State chairman of National Action Council (NAC) in Anambra has stressed the need for the Speaker of the 7th legislature to emerge from Anambra-South Senatorial District for reasons of equity and good conscience.
Orekyeh who functions also as the Deputy State Secretary of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Anambra Chapter and also the Coordinating Chairman of the National Action Council State Chairmen in Nigeria, noted that judging from the political equations in the state, it would be most undemocratic should Anambra-South be denied its rightful slot of the Speakership.
The astute politician of 41 years standing who coincidentally is the Governor’s kinsman, emphasized the dire need for a harmonious working relationship between the legislature and the executive arm of government, especially as the citizenry looked forward to the constitution of the 7th assembly.
He said, ‘We need a Speaker that is all-accommodating, a Speaker that is accessible and shouldn’t be arrogant. A Speaker that is a team player so that he can carry every legislator along as he carries the business of legislation in the House. One House. One family because whatever happens in the House affects the government in power.’
According to him, Anambra State needed a Speaker that could work with the state governor and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
He said the speakership of the state assembly did not only involve internal activities of the House but included also proper and adequate representation of the state elsewhere, emphasizing that the leadership of the legislature was indeed a serious business and such business should be handled by people who knew the nitty-gritty of legislation.
The state chairman of NAC also emphasized that it was not about political parties any longer as the elections had come and gone but about the welfare and well-being of the citizenry, noting that the entire state earnestly awaited the way and manner in which the Speaker of the 7th Anambra State House of Assembly would pilot the affairs of the House.
Noting that he was not a member of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) even though he was closely related to the state governor, he observed that there had not been much of cordial relations between the legislative and executive arms of government in the 6th assembly.
He said that he 7th legislature had a greater task, especially as it concerned synergy and symbiotic relationship with the executive to sustain the tempo of good governance in the state.
Orekyeh also pointed out that the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Anambra State, led by Hon. Prince Isaac Onuka, would partner the state government in ensuring harmony and also avoid a rancorous legislature for the good of the state.