Barring any last minute change of plans, the Governor elect of Abia State Dr Alex Otti has concluded plans to install a first timer lawmaker elected on the platform of the Labour Party as the 11th Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, PUO reports can authoritatively confirmed.
A source privy to the development told our correspondent that the labour party is not taking chances as regards the leadership of the 8th Abia State House of Assembly scheduled to be inaugurated in June 2023.
“Do you expect a Labour Party Governor to be comfortable with a PDP speaker” the source queried our correspondent on Wednesday.
Otti who is currently in Abuja is said to have concluded arrangement with the State Working committee of the labour party to zone the Speakership of the 8th Abia State House of Assembly to Abia South Senatorial District with one of the Lawmakers elected on the platform of the Labour Party in Aba as the anointed candidate for the office of the Speaker.
However, one of the returning Lawmakers of the Abia State House of Assembly who spoke with PUO reports on Thursday on the condition of anonymity said the plans of the Governor elect will not see the light of the day on the floor of the house.
PUO reports that while the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has the majority of the Lawmakers elect with Eleven members, the Labour Party has Ten members, Young Progressive Party(YPP) two members and the All Progressive Congress(APC) with one member.
The tenure of the current Abia State House of Assembly will not exceed 10th of June 2023, as the House was Inaugurated on the 10th June 2019.
The Governor of the state is empowered by Section 105(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended to issue proclamation for the holding of the first session of the House of Assembly.
However, except the rule book of the Abia State House of Assembly is suspended by the outgoing 7th House of Assembly members, no new member can be elected as Speaker of the House .
They are plans by the Labour Party leadership to force a suspension of the rule book of the Abia State House of Assembly.