A women’s group in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the minister of state for labour and employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha to resign the ministerial position and take back her seat in the House of Representatives.
Convener of North Central Amazons for Bola Ahmed Tinubu (NCABAT), Lynda Adzuanaga, in a statement on Sunday, said the call became necessary following her victory at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, which sacked Amaobi Ogah of the Labour Party, declaring Onyejeocha the lawful winner of the February 25 Isiukwator-Imunneochi Federal Constituency election.
Adzuanaga who described Onyejeocha’s victory as a win for women in politics and women in general sid it was the desire of the group to see more women, especially those with outstanding qualities and experience in the National Assembly.
Adzuanaga said: “Regardless of the fact that our President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has so magnanimously, appointed this beauty and brain as Minister of State for Labour and Employment, premised on her sterling qualities of leadership, integrity and representation in government, we want to appeal to the Honourable Minister that it is our deep conviction and belief, that she belongs at the Green Chambers of our National Assembly.”
While noting that her exceptional qualities must have spurred the president to make her minister, NCABAT, however, pointed out that “In a National Assembly of limited women and specifically, a paltry 16 women out of the 360 House of Representative members, Honourable Onyejeocha one of our finest, a key player in our First 11 is definitely a sine qua non.”
“Hon Onyejeocha has time without number, proven her mettle as a legislator, contributing brilliantly to debates on critical and topical issues in our nation on the floor of the House.
“Her voice has been one of the loudest, consistent and most compelling, in the House in all the years she has served as a legislator and it is our firm belief, that the people of her constituency and indeed, the women of Nigeria are better off with her in the House of Representatives, which is a familiar turf for her,” the statement added.
NCABAT said Onyejeocha’s return to the Green Chambers, would bring with it more women representation and people-oriented bills for the collective good and benefit of all Nigerians.