Member representing Ethiope East Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Evance Ivwurie, has lauded the leadership qualities of the Speaker, Hon. Monday Igbuya, describing him as “an inspiring and magnetic political figure”.
In a statement issued in Asaba, Ivwurie, a member of the Labour Party, LP, described his relationship with Igbuya as ‘beautiful’.
“My relationship with Speaker Igbuya as someone elected from a different political party is bipartisan, friendly, mutually respectable and cordial. Mr. Speaker finds common ground through compromise in legislation with opposing political parties. He does not adhere only to his party’s interests. He does not advance his own political party agenda unduly in the exercise of his duty at the expense of other parties because of conflicting ideologies.
‘‘Igbuya especially, and every member of the Delta State House of Assembly has not left anyone
in doubt that he and we all have the interest of a united, indivisible and strong Delta State at heart, in ways that the interest of the state has overriding effect over and above Mr. Speaker and all members
personal interests and considerations,” he stated.
In a statement titled: “My Perspectives on Mister Speaker”, Ivwurie listed patience and persistence as two most useful character traits of Igbuya.
“Mr. Speaker is completely bipartisan and this has reflected in all of the bills, acts, resolutions and policies we have dealt with in the House in which he and all members have agreed about all or
many parts of the choices by finding a common ground in bipartisanship and that is why there is no cynicism and gridlock in the state’s political and economic system. It has been a strong spirit of Delta State first, bipartisanship and hard-work. I can assure you that Igbuya is always looking out for the best interests of Delta State.”
Emphasising that the speaker is an honest politician who has a clear vision for the House and the state, Ivwurie accused his critics of pursuing selfish agenda.
“My assessment of his performance will start with his weakness. The first thing that I will like to talk about is his general weakness which is well known to so many people because it continues to cause
him problems regularly. He is considered highly and overtly prudent, frugal and inexpensive, even journalists and those seeking services have this quarrel with him all the time. He always wants to
make sure Delta State does not waste or spend money that it does not have. He is also considered by many members to be too open and transparent, especially on finance and funding. He has no reservation as to correcting his colleagues as he is unable to compromise or accept unethical conducts no matter who is involved,” he narrated.
– Nigerian Pilot