Labour Party lawmakers in the National Assembly have found themselves at odds over the issue of accepting official vehicles, despite the party’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, advising against it.
Abure’s Caution on Expensive Official Vehicles
Julius Abure raised concerns about the National Assembly’s plan to purchase Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) worth N160 million each for legislators. He argued that in the current economic climate, such extravagant spending is insensitive and urged Labour Party (LP) lawmakers not to be part of this expenditure.
Lawmakers Defend Need for SUVs
In response to Abure’s advice, some LP lawmakers spoke out in favor of accepting the official vehicles. Ngozi Okolie, the representative for Delta Aniocha North and South, stressed that the SUVs are essential for their work, particularly in relation to oversight functions.
He pointed out that politicians at the state level receive even more benefits than federal lawmakers, making the acquisition of these vehicles necessary for their duties.
He questioned whether Abure could provide work tools to support their roles.
Support from Enugu State Representative
Similarly, Stainless Nwodo, who represents Igbo Etiti and Uzo-Uwani constituencies in Enugu State, commended President Bola Tinubu for approving the vehicles for lawmakers.
He dismissed economic hardships as a form of blackmail and emphasized that nobody in the National Assembly opposes the acquisition of the SUVs.
Nwodo stated that these vehicles would be used to bring more benefits to their constituencies and serve their constituents.
Perspective from Edo South Senatorial District
Neda Imasuen, the lawmaker representing Edo South Senatorial District, acknowledged the number of LP senators in the National Assembly and the House of Representatives.
He pointed out that whether they accept or reject the utility vehicles may not significantly affect the overall situation.
Imasuen stated that it’s essential to wait until the vehicles are provided before revisiting the issue. While the LP lawmakers have not yet received the vehicles, they have been informed that they will be provided.
This division among LP lawmakers reflects a complex issue involving the acquisition of official vehicles and the economic context in which these decisions are being made.