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LP Lawmakers Disregard Abure’s Directive on SUVs

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Labour Party lawmakers in the National Assembly have sparked controversy by going against the advice of their National Chairman, Julius Abure.

In a recent statement, Abure criticized the National Assembly’s decision to allocate funds for the purchase of luxurious official vehicles, valuing each at a staggering N160 million. He emphasized that such extravagant spending was inappropriate, especially in light of the challenging economic climate in the country.

Expressing his disapproval of the planned expenditure, Abure urged members of the Labour Party not to partake in the profligate spending spree. However, this directive seemed to fall on deaf ears, as the lawmaker representing Delta Aniocha North and South, Ngozi Okolie, rebuffed Abure’s call on Thursday.

Okolie deemed Abure’s demands as unrealistic, citing the lack of viable alternatives provided by the Chairman to facilitate their legislative duties.

The LP lawmaker said,

“The SUVs are meant to aid our jobs as lawmakers, particularly as it relates to our oversight functions.

“Yes, he can say that the economy is struggling but having one official vehicle as federal lawmakers isn’t frivolous; it’s a necessity.”

Okolie emphasized that the public often criticizes federal lawmakers for such matters, while politicians at the state level enjoy even greater perks.

He said,

“Commissioners and House of Assembly members get up to two to three of such cars whereas National Assembly members are only getting one car each, yet he (Abure) is complaining and telling us not to collect it.  Does he have any to give to us?

“Is he going to give us work tools to carry out our jobs or does he have an alternative for us? Has Abure told the members in his state in Edo, not to take the official vehicles given to them?”

The legislator additionally contended that purchasing those vehicles was a more cost-effective option compared to renting one for every oversight visit.

Similarly, Stainless Nwodo, the representative for Igbo Etiti and Uzo-Uwani constituencies in Enugu State, praised President Bola Tinubu’s decision to sanction the allocation of such vehicles to lawmakers.

Nwodo  said,

“National Assembly members should pray for the President and give him three ‘Gbosas’ for his magnanimity to the lawmakers.

“Nobody in the National Assembly is against the SUV, when the SUV comes, we will collect it and use it to bring more benefits to our constituencies; because in the real sense, it is for the constituents.”

The lawmaker added,

“I don’t want to believe the chairman of the party said so, because did he give us any vehicle to do our jobs?

“Attributing his reason to economic hardship is pure blackmail. In the first instance, the vehicle is for each constituency, not the personal vehicle for the members.

“Also, we need these SUVs to ply the bad roads in our constituencies when we need to visit them and deliver goodies to them.  This is why the Speaker and the Senate President decided that SUVs are better to visit our constituencies.

“My own stance is that I will take the SUV and use it to deliver dividends to my constituents.”

Regarding this matter, Senator Neda Imasuen, who represents the Edo South Senatorial District, mentioned that he would withhold his decision until the arrival of the vehicles.

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Senator Imasuen said,

“I’d urge you to wait until that happens, then we will revisit the issue. I wouldn’t want to count my chickens before they hatch.

“Labour Party has eight senators out of 109 and about 35 in the House of Representatives out of 360. So, I don’t know if it would make any difference if the lawmakers in the party take it or not.

“I don’t think telling them to take or reject would make any difference, I don’t think it would affect anything.

“Having said that, we haven’t been given any vehicle yet, but they said they would give.”

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