Southeast APC chieftain, Mba berates Abure over stand on proposed purchase of SUVs vehicles to legislators
By Emeruwa Chinedu Emeruwa
Mr Iyke Mba, stalwart of the governing All Progressives Congress(APC) in Nigeria, has on Thursday, berated the national leadership of the labour party over a recent position on national assembly’s proposal to purchase bulletproof Sports Utility vehicles (SUVs) for federal legislators.
Reacting on Tuesday against the backdrops, the national chairman of the labour party, Barrister Julius Abure called on lawmakers elected under the party platform in current tenth national assembly to kick against this unnecessary wastage of resources in line with the ideology of the party which is social justice and equal opportunity for all.
Abure said “Nigerians will hold them responsible if they fail to live above board or give proper account of the electoral investment reposed in them.
However, Mr Mba, while earlier baring its minds in a statement issued on Thursday, reminded Mr Julius Abure that Nigeria is grappled with a surge in insecurity, including terrorism, banditry and kidnapping, which directly affects the lives of its citizens hence an urgent importance for executive arm of Nigeria government to prioritize the safety and security of legislators.
“The acquisition of bulletproof vehicle for legislators will serve as a deterrent to potential attackers. By visibly showcasing enhanced security measures, it sends a strong message that the government takes the safety of its representatives seriously.
He stated partly “We must consider the safety of our legislators, otherwise we will expose them to the threat of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and all other criminals who might target them for ransom or outright assassination.
“Let us eschew party sentiments and do the right thing for those that we elected to represent us”.