Emmanuel Ihuoma Emeruwa of the Labour Party (LP) has emerged as the new speaker of the Abia state House of Assembly.
Emeruwa, a first time assembly member represents the Aba South State Constituency.
The 51-year-old was elected unopposed by his colleagues at the inauguration of the 8th Assembly on June on Wednesday.
In his inaugural speech, Emeruwa promised to run an inclusive and transparent House that will work harmoniously with the executive and judicial arms of government.
He also pledged to uphold the rule of law and protect the interests of the people of Abia state.
The lawmakers also elected Hon. Austine Okezie, who represents Umuahia East State Constituency, as the deputy speaker.
Okezie is also a member of the Labour Party and a first-time lawmaker. He is a lawyer and a human rights activist who has championed several causes for justice and good governance.
The emergence of Emeruwa and Okezie as the new presiding officers of the Abia state House of Assembly marks a significant shift in the political landscape of the state.
It also reflects the growing popularity and influence of the Labour Party, which won 10 out of the 24 seats in the Assembly.