Thirty-five-member Labour Party Caucus in the incoming Tenth House of Representatives elects Anambra lawmaker, Afam Victor Ogene as Leader, opposition party says it has not endorsed any Speakership aspirant ahead of the Presiding Officers’ election
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Ahead of the inauguration of the Tenth National Assembly in June, the Caucus of the Labour Party in the incoming House of Representatives has elected Hon. Afam Victor Ogene as its Leader.
Hon. Ogene, a ranking member from the Seventh Assembly, emerged as Leader of the 35-member Caucus, having garnered 21 of the 31 votes cast to defeat the the duo of Honourables George Ozodinobi and Dennis Agbo at the keenly contested election on Sunday in Abuja.
Although 34 Members-Elect elected under the party’s platform were present at the voting session, only 31 of them took part in the exercise, with the trio of Honourables Oke-Joe Onuakalusi, Obi Aguocha and Professor Lilian Oby Irogbu abstaining, being persons who conducted the exercise.
Speaking after the exercise conducted under a convivial atmosphere, the aspirants who contested the position lauded the choice of Hon. Ogene; describing him as a team player who is vast in the politics of the House of Representatives. “With Hon. Ogene as our Caucus Leader, Labour Party is sure to hold its own in the 10th Assembly,” Hon. Agbo opined.
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In an acceptance speech following his presentation to Peter Obi, the Party’s Leader and Presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, and Barrister Julius Abure, the party’s National Chairman, Hon. Ogene assured that in all undertakings of the Members-Elect, the well-being of the Nigerian people would be uppermost.
“May I use this opportunity to reiterate that the Labour Party Caucus, House of Representatives, has not endorsed any Speakership aspirant. In fact, anyone desirous of our votes on the day of inauguration must first convince us, as a bloc, of what his plans and programmes for the Nigerian people are.
While we may have individual preferences, I can assure that at the end of the day, the Labour Party shall stand as one, indivisible entity to take a common and progressive stand,” the lawmaker-elect said.
Hon. Afam Victor Ogene was elected during the 2023 National Assembly Elections to represent Ogbaru Federal Constituency of Anambra State in the incoming Tenth House of Representatives.
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