A glance at the political race and the tales revolving on the emergence of Ebonyi Speaker, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru in Ebonyi State House of Assembly since 2015 when he was elected as the 5th Speaker of the Assembly will enrich you with the track record of his overwhelming and revealing breakthrough despite his ordeals.
Speaker Nwifuru’s bitter encounters in his bid to accomplish his political and leadership dreams have at on set been too tough on him but it has at the same time become a practical success turning into testimonies and praises by his well wishers and even those who had predicted woes upon him, saying that he would not be able to carry out the speakership functions at the very early of assuming his office as the Speaker of the state 5th Assembly.
His stories being narrated and heralded in all corners of the state are gradually changing stages in a very fast way, for having already abreast more enhancing values of his leadership qualities to a positive light, as the evil predicted woes on him are now zoomed off, since, those speculative negativities against his political leadership ascendency have failed in totality, holding no single weight of reality due to his prevailing breakthroughs.
Truly, in Ebonyi, the breakthroughs and goodwill messages for Rt. Honourable Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru as the Speaker of Ebonyi 5th Assembly have not been different but turned an adoration for his excellent performance by the undivided voice of his people.
It is essential to remember that the Speaker’s rise from being a brick layer in the brick laying industry to answer a call of the good people of Izzi West state constituency for him to come and represent them in Ebonyi State House of Assembly in 2011, when, it was hardly noticed by any reasonable man or woman in the state that, there was a sleeping but a lion spirited personality with an excellent leadership qualities embedded in him.
His successful election then in 2011 was too hard to bear, as many in the state saw his step out and victory during the primary election as a lost hope for his constituents particularly the supporters of his closest rival and of course, the entire Izzi clan, but despite the pains it caused his closest rival, Former Speaker Augustine Nwankwegu and his measurable supported constituents, knowing fully well that he was also the sitting Speaker with a vision, making waves for development impacts, and he is equally a powerful lawmaker sailing well in his professional field of law, that later dropped in the contest just for God’s Divine Mission meant for the Honourable Nwifuru to play in the gallery.
As an embattled child of destiny with a promising leadership qualities, the war of his successful testimony could not end up then in his first tenure even though the Ebonyi 4th Assembly was hijacked by external forces who flooded the House with chaos, confusion, and in-house-fight; characterised by suspensions and counter suspensions and several impeachment saga being recorded.
The political games and the challenges continued in that way to bring into fulfillment the Divine Mandate Call by God for Nwifuru, whom it became too hard and hot for him when he in 2015 had already bought form in his party, PDP, to re-contest his position as a member representing Izzi West in the state Assembly.
By then, it was too difficult for any Ebonyi man or woman to believe that Hon. Nwifuru would make it again successfully to Ebonyi State House of Assembly owning to the fact that he became an ardent supporter of the current Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Nweze Umahi just because of his strong faith rested on the joyous songs and spirit of fairness, equity and justice to the obvious discredit of the massive movement and support for his former Political Boss and his father in marriage, Sir Edward Okereke Nkwegu, EDON, who was pushed to contest the state governorship position by the then sitting Governor, Chief Martin Elechi and his teeming defected members and supporters of Labour Party, LP, for having lost his attempt to install his PDP candidate, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu from the Southern part of the state when he was clamouring for equity reign on the seat of the state governor.
Yet, the whole battle ended up in the favour of Honourable Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru and all the candidates of PDP as they won all the elective posts starting from the National Assembly, governorship and state Assembly seats except the two members in the state Assembly that were produced by PPA and LP, who could not delay in defecting into PDP after witnessing the resounding leadership qualities displayed by PDP elected leaders in the state particularly in the House, when Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru has been on the steering of the state Assembly Speakership.
Indeed, it was a testimony amidst fear and confusion following several speculative reports coming from all angles in the state to put Nwifuru’s speakership into crisis like that of the 4th State Assembly, but low and behold, it has been established that the gallant Izzi West lawmaker has made the highest success records first in the history of the state Assembly.
His tremendous leadership qualities and outings have dumb-folded his overwhelmed opponents including the political cabals who claimed to have worked for his emergence in the 4th Assembly as the Honourable member representing Izzi West state constituency as they employed all kinds of destructive elements and used diverse techniques to distablize the 5th Assembly which was under his watch.
In no doubt, the testimonies on the performance of the Speaker have become numerous to mention even as his body language has shown that he is of God, destined and unstoppable believer with an exemplary leadership trait, for having exhausted many of his marshalled outlines on his employment/empowerment programmes and awards of scholarship outreaches in his 5th Assembly, befitted by people cutting across the state particularly in Izzi Nation, more of his feats are yet unfolding.
Apart from his avalanche employment and empowerment outreaches benefitted by not only his constituents but across people in the state, Speaker Nwifuru has attracted high recommendations by Ebonyi People for his ability to keep the state Assembly peacefully, calm and conducive since assumed office as the Speaker, Ebonyi Assembly.
His numerous success stories during his Speakership in the state 5th Assembly has also been largely effected changes positively in the House, as his leadership was able to make initiation that led to the rebuilding of the obsolete chamber being approved by the state Governor which has continued giving the Honourable House members an outstanding record in carrying out their duties.
Notwithstanding, the 5th Assembly under his Speakership was the regime that passed the highest bills into laws, 49 of them have been already assented by the state governor and made over 285 resolutions for the wellbeing of Ebonyi state.
These included his speakership’s avowed determination to ensure the welfare of the staff working in the House and also for an administrative convenience of the Honourable lawmakers in his first regime, through their amicable and joint influence which made the state governor to constitute the Ebonyi State House of Assembly Service Commission within six months in office; and this feat presently has boosted the working relationship of the Assembly staff attracting more laudable felicitations for the state government.
The unending felicitations by Ebonyi people to the House lawmakers on their executed development projects carried to their respective constituencies through his leadership qualities which pleased the state Governor to give out his full support, have remained an immemorial as an eloquent testimony in the state.
These were achieved through nothing but their understanding themselves, and the speaker’s genuine conduct of the House which have made them to equally handle effectively letters emanating from the office of the state governor seeking approval and authentications, including their successful screening and confirming of the governor’s nominees for appointments and other issues of legislative concerns brought before the Honourable House and even the valedictory sessions for the departure of the former Honourable members of the state 5th Assembly.
Nevertheless, the Speaker has never relented till when the battle line was drawn during the 2019 elections in order to return back for the third tenure in the House, an attempt to respond to his people who have continued praying and wishing for his political and leadership success, having known that most political warlords in his constituency were not in support of his reelection but after all said and done, God perfected his third term victory as usual.
Though, devil remained restless by using many tactics to pull down the progressive gentle Speaker from completing his Divine Mandate mission as this became visible during his reelection into office as the Speaker of Ebonyi 6th Assembly.
Never in doubt, his reelection and victory as the Speaker of Ebonyi State 6th Assembly became a success by the true intervention of Almighty God in considering the rumours and counter rumours made against him.
Honestly, to begin now in reviewing the breakthroughs of Speaker Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru as he focuses on liberating the state from shackles of backwardness through the law making processes as his concern is to make boldly all his undertakings accruable to the Divine Mandate mission and the people-oriented government under the watch of Governor David Nweze Umahi and as quested by the yawning of the good people of Ebonyi State for a practical and evidence leadership representations in every political position in the country particularly those occupied by Ebonyians; the Speaker has in consonance invested much legacies to reap more from many opportunities awaiting him but it is only time will unfound them.
It has been equally gathered that there are two Honourable members elected during the 2019 general elections, Victor Aleke of Ebonyi North West and Chinedu Awo of Ohaukwu South who have not been inaugurated by the Speaker for their alleged failure to submit their certificates of return and forms of code of bureau to the House Clerk, Mrs. Patricia Anyasi who presided the state 6th Assembly inaugural session.
This becomes advisable for the Speaker and the already inaugurated Honourable lawmakers of the Assembly to never allow any external force to cut the cord of the peaceful atmosphere witnessed during the 5th Assembly as an effort should be made by the concerned authorities to accommodate these two elected lawmakers thereby getting them inaugurated no matter the weight of their offences unless those will only be handled by the law court. Wishing best of luck to the Honourable Speaker and his colleagues in Ebonyi Assembly.