Ochei emerges Speaker Delta House
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan yesterday stormed out of the Delta State House of Assembly just as the Fifth Assembly of the Delta State House of Assembly was inaugurated with Hon. Victor Onyekachi Ochei, PDP , representing Aniocha North constituency, emerging as the Speaker,
Less than twenty minutes Governor Uduaghan arrived the chamber of the House and half way into the ceremony, he (Uduaghan) walked out unceremoniously while the Clark of the House Mr. Raymond Yavbieri, was still presiding.
It was gathered that , Uduaghan was not comfortable with the way the Clark of the House going about the ceremony especially when he (Uduaghan) had sent message to the Clark to step some item on the Motion paper, but the Clark went ahead to start calling the all the names of the members elect with the political parties.
It was also gathered that the Clark started reading the proclamation speech meant for the governor, prompting he (Uduaghan) walk out from the chambers while the ceremony was still ongoing. Soon after he left some members elect ran after him but he did not return to the ceremony.
Hon. Basil Ganagana, PDP representing Patani constituency was also selected as the Deputy Speaker.
The selection of Ochie, aged 42, as the new Speaker followed the nomination by the member elect representing Ika North East State constituency Hon. Sam Obi, the immediate past Speaker and PDP and was seconded by member representing Ukpe Constituency, Hon. Julius Okpokpo.
The selection of the Speaker and the Deputy was unanimously unopposed. Hon. Ganagana, representing Patani consistency, is the only forth team member of the State House of Assembly having been first elected in 1991.
Other principal officials of the State House of Assembly that were nominated in a ceremony that lasted about two hours, are; Hon. Monday Igbuya ; Majority Leader , Hon. Beatrice Umawunmi –Udo; Chief Whip , Hon. Peter Awunsaya; Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. John Nani; Majority Whip, Hon. Julius Okpoko; Minority Leader while Hon. Azuka Azaka emerged as the Minority Whip.
In his acceptance speech Ochie said, “I am only the first among equals, I therefore crave your support, corporation and love, as a team with the collective desire and objective of bringing about development and sustainable growth , through the instrumentality of legislation, once again” .
“I congratulate all members of this fifth assembly, and employ all of us to join hands and work together, I must emphasis that the elections are over, and it's time for our legislative work, what is important is that we are all Deltans with collective desire, aspirations and goals and working together, we shall build the Delta State of our dreams”.
He further stated that, “as you are all aware, the legislature is an arm of government with among other functions, the task of law making, representing the citizens, over sighting the activities and performance of government, it's imperative to state that the principal purpose of each arm of government is to provide serves to satisfy the needs of the people. Each arm of government has its functions, vision, mission and the realization of this vision is essence why we were elected.
“In this fifth assembly, I am desirous to provide the needed efficient, effective and purposeful leadership in collaboration with other arms of government to positively impact on the lives of Deltans , to this ends I will God helping me , vigorously strive to foster a cordial working relationship with the executive and the judiciary without compromising the independent of the legislature
“You have unanimously elected me as the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly; I thank you for entrusting upon me the leadership of the house and finding me worthy to occupy this exulted position of Speaker. Be rest assured that I will not betray this trust”, he pointed out.