From Chuks Eke, Awka
Honourable Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Onitsha North/South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives has described her recent appointment as the leader of South East caucus in the National Assembly as an added responsibility.
She said although she felt honoured by the appointment, she does not see the position as an avenue for lording it over her colleagues but to join hands with them as equal partners in the quest to distribute dividends of democracy to the grassroots level.
Ikpeazu stated this while speaking in her country home, Onitsha, Anambra State, during a thanksgiving service. She said: All of us are equal partners but if your peers choose you to lead them, it is a mark of honour and not superiority.”
“To buttress my point, I must recognize the fact that it is God that gives powers to serve others. I know that the position carries a lot of responsibility but I hope I will discharge it well with the best of my knowledge.”
On the expectations from her in this second tenure, Ikpeazu stated: “As a member of the National Assembly, you are representing your people and you are there to serve them by attracting projects and empowerment programmes that will make them feel the impact of the democracy and assuage the feelings of marginalization and disenfranchisement of the electorate in the Southeast zone.
“I will ensure that I bring projects that will make them feel being part of the country. For now, what we have is one Nigeria and the best thing we can do is to be united and make ourselves equal partakers and stakeholders and not spectators in this dispensation. I will ensure that I bring projects not only to my immediate constituency but to the Southeast zone in general,” Ikpeazu said.
On her recent suspension by the party hierarchy over alleged anti-party activities arising from the issue of minority leadership of the House, Ikpeazu said she received it in good fate as a loyal and committed party member.
She stated that since she swore an oath to uphold and respect the principles of the constitution of the party, she had to take the suspension in good fate since it was on the platform of the party that she was elected as a member of the House of Representatives.
“We are all sponsored by our parties. So, there is no way your party will invite you and you say you won’t come, adding, what actually happened was that the invitation from the party came to us on Thursday evening when most of us had already traveled out of Abuja for the weekend and as such, the minority leader’s office wrote to the party that we were not around that they should give us another date and they were not happy because it was a Special Assistant, SA to the minority leader that signed the letter.
“Let me say it clearly that there is nothing wrong with your party inviting you, it was just that we were not available at that particular time, we hadn’t enough notice. A committee was set up and we appeared before the committee. We are committed to our party, we are very loyal party members, we are also members of the House. We also swore an oath to uphold and respect the principles and the constitution of the party.”