Reports reaching 9jatoday at this time confirm that Professor Mkpa Agu Mkpa has been declared by the Abia State House of Assembly, as the new chairman, Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC).
Agu’s declaration was coming after a thorough screening by the Assembly, which was held in the executive session of the Assembly on Tuesday, March 9.
This news platform understands that Agu’s screening and approval were presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji.
Reacting to his confirmation as the ABSIEC chairman, Agu disclosed to newsmen that the screening process went well with him and that he was satisfied with the quality of questions thrown at him by the lawmakers.
The professor, however, warned that his leadership will not condone any form of compromise in the commission, adding that forthright discharge of duty will be the commission’s only interest.
He also distances himself from insinuations that he may be subject to been loyal to a political party.
According to Agu, he was not a card-carrying member of any political party and that those who were alleging so because of the offices he held in the past were mistaking his service to the State to mean service to a political party.
He said, “They are two different things”.
“I have a job to do, to ensure we conduct elections that are free, fair and credible, and that is my focus”.
He further warns those with forged documents, noting that they should not attempt coming forward to stand for elective positions because “we will find them out,” he said.