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Chinedum Orji, the first son of Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, has said he is not planning to become the speaker of the Abia state House of Assembly in 2015.
Governor Orji had been accused of attempting to impose his son as the speaker of the state house of Assembly, this was immediately denied by the Abia state of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
He made this clarification at political stakeholders’ meeting of Ikwuano/ Umuahia federal constituency held yesterday at the Ikwuano country home of the PDP National Vice Chairman, South East, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd).
He said he was actually in the race to represent his Umuahia Central State constituency at the House of Assembly, but said his ambition had no connection with becoming the Speaker contrary to rumours.
According to him, becoming the Speaker would obviously cause friction between him and his father’s successor as unnecessary motives would be imputed into his actions by those wanting to curry favour with the governor.
Asked later in an interview if he would not accept the offer if prevailed upon by his colleagues, he vowed to turn it down, explaining that “it is good to balance political equation; somebody from old PDP divide has to be the Speaker”.
” I don’t want to be impeached, and if I become Speaker when I take any step, people will say I want to impeach the governor and become deputy governor, so, I don’t want my family to start having problems with my father’s successor.”
“Nobody can intimidate me out of my democratic rights because I am qualified and eligible to contest for the House of Assembly.”