Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has endorsed , majority leader of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the lower legislative chamber in the 9th assembly.
Umahi, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), endorsed Gbajabiamila when he received him at government house, Abakaliki, the state capital, on Tuesday.
The governor urged Gbajabiamila to carry every member along in the 9th assembly irrespective of party affiliation.
Umahi said, “This visit is the first of its kind and that’s the way it should be; we should deemphasise party affiliation because it is capable of denying us the development we needed as we continue to define everything along that line.
“That is why we should pursue whatever that can tie us together. When you get there, let’s de-emphasis party affiliation, let’s work for the country because no section can do it alone, we need one another for the survival of this country.
“I can assure you that there’s little the (south-east) region can do but align with the majority but your consultation is welcoming because it shows that other parties have something to offer.
“People may want to ask what is in it for south-east in all of this because key leadership positions have eluded the region, but I believe if you can’t beat them, join them because we don’t have majority and there’s little we can do if we pull out.
“We need to realise that south-east is an integral part of this country and must be carried along. It takes two tango and we have a brighter future together.”
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