On May 2nd,2019, exactly one year ago from today, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke, the erudite former speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly and current Member representing Etinan Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives delivered a true nationalist speech on behalf of the 178 members- elect, drawn from various political parties endorsing Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila’s speakership of the 9th National Assembly. The highly celebrated speech has continued to receive rave reviews and commendations. The speech read:

“We decided to convene ourselves as newly-elected members of the House of Representatives to look at the emergence of the next leadership of the 9th Assembly and in doing so, we looked through the antecedents and credentials of those who are aspiring to lead the National Assembly”

“We acknowledge the fact that this country today, with the challenges that we have, that we need a bipartisan approach to solve the problem of Nigeria”

Hon Luke flanked by his newly elected colleagues endorsed eventual Speaker Femi (on suit behind)

“And the person and the man that has shown that credibility, capacity; that has what it takes even as reflected in his manifesto, to carry the entire parties along in resolving and solving the issues of Nigeria; the man who will not mortgage the independence of the legislature but at the same time would not engage the executive in unnecessary fisticuffs; a man who will build a good relationship between the executive and the legislature, between the legislature and the judiciary; a man who will care about the welfare of Nigerians; a man who will put the interest of Nigeria above his personal interest; and a man who will put the interest of Nigeria above the party”

” We have resolved today, to have come from our different states, from our different constituencies, and we have found as newly-elected members, having looked through the credentials and the CV; we have found Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as a man who has the capacity to lead the 9th National Assembly as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.“We know that he is not going to let Nigerians down and we know and believe that he is not going to let us down and we know and believe that he is not going to let God down.” – Onofiok Luke.

Hon Luke has gone on to become one of Rt Hon Femi’s key allies in the current House of Reps set up where he Chairs the Committee on Judiciary.