A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Sam Onuigbo representing Umuahia/ Ikwuano federal constituency of Abia State, has given reasons the law makers decided to support the ruling All Progressive Congress ( APC) despite their party affiliations.
The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) lawmaker who spoke yesterday in Umuahia said that despite the strange policies of APC, the lawmakers decided to throw their weight behind the APC -led federal government because of national interest.
He said APC came to power in 2015 and “attempted to do things differently” which resulted in the unpleasant situation Nigeria found itself, but added that the only option to take the country out of the woods is to support the government in power.
His words: “One thing is clear, if the federal government fails, everyone has failed. So we have a responsibility to ensure that the system does not collapse because everyone will be affected. That is why we are supporting them.”
On the leadership crisis rocking PDP at the centre, Onuigbo expressed optimism that the logjam would be resolved before the 2019 general elections, saying that the party would bounce back stronger and more united.
He dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that PDP is dead describing it as a propaganda slogan of those who wish the party dead.
“Prominent Nigerians and former Heads of State have been working hard to ensure the tussle in the party is brought to an end”, he said, adding: “Are they saying it’s an exercise in futility?”
Onuigbo, however said “fairness and justice” would facilitate quick resolution of the crisis.
On the gale of defection rocking the party, Onuigbo said the Supreme Court judgment is explicit on that, arguing that “defection can only be said to be valid when the party comes out to inform her members of disintegration”.
“ But in the case of PDP, as the situation is now there is nothing like disintegration in PDP, the party is very intact, it’s just a matter of who and who should be members of the national working committee”.
The House Committee Chairman on Climate Change commended the federal government for the palliative work on the hitherto impassable Umuahia- Ikot Ekpene federal highway saying it has brought huge relief to commuters on the way.
He said he had strong confidence that the highway would be totally rehabilitated this year going by the assurances from Minister of Works and Housing, Sen. Raji Fashola.
Onuigbo who specifically commended the Minister for his commitments towards giving a permanent solution to the highway said he had been assured that design work for its complete rehabilitation would soon be ready.
He said Fashola personally assured him that the road which links South East with Akwa Ibom and Cross River States would be awarded this hear, an action he said would help boost economic and commercial activities in the zones.