By Tordue Salem
ABUJA—Isoko Development Union of Delta State, has risen in defence of its Representative in the House of Representatives, Mr Leonard Ogor, over allegations that he squandered in the last seven years of his representation, N800million meant for projects in the area.
A group of indigenes of Isokoland led by Messrs Efeunu Akpokiro and Mr. Isaac Emonena, had recently, said they were opposed to the bid by Mr. Ogor to return to the House for the third time.
They alleged that Mr. Ogor did not deserve a third term, because he allegedly wasted N800million meant for the constituency.
But the Isoko Development Union, addressed newsmen, yesterday, saying after a thorough investigation, the union found that the allegations were misguided and false.
Its Chairman, Mr. Onoriode Ogodo, said “we have investigated and found out that funds meant for constituency projects are not given to members of the National Assembly and Mr Ogor has not been paid N800million or any other money in respect of constituency projects.
“There is also no evidence that he received such money, rather, as a philanthropist, which he has always been, before coming to the National Assembly, he used his limited resources to care for his constituents in so many ways. Through persuasion, he has provided employment for many young Isoko indigenes at the federal and state levels.
“It therefore, beats our imagination that rather than salute the courage of this true representative of Isoko people at the National Assembly and encourage him to do more, this group has instead decided to make false allegations with the sole aim of blackmailing and impugning his reputation and integrity and conscientious lawmaking, built over the years,” the group said.
The group called to question, the motive for “the campaign of calumny”, as it pointed the lawmaker’s detractors to his achievements in the Green Chamber in the last 7 years.
“We are happy to state unequivocally that between 2003 till date that Hon. Leo Ogor has represented Isoko North/Isoko South Federal Constituency, Delta State, the Isoko voice is being heard at the National Assembly.
Furthermore, within the ambit of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Hon. Leo Ogor has moved very important motions critical to national growth and development in addition to the Bills which he has sponsored. He has also included many developmental projects in the National budgets of the nation for execution by the Executive arm of government for the benefit of his constituents”.
The Union in part of its statement adviced the group opposed to the return of Mr. Ogor to parliament, to make their campaign issue_based rather than on dangerous speculations and plain falsehood.
“We think the politics of Isoko has grown and it is only wise for people seeking elective office to canvass and address issues, rather than resorting to cheap blackmail and campaign of calumny”, they stated.