By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—A CHIEFTAIN of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia State, Chief David Bourdex Onuoha, has called on the management of National Assembly to place lawmakers with cases at tribunals on half pay, pending the resolution of their cases.
According him, the financial profile of the nation does not need to be further spent on lawmakers facing court cases over electoral offences.
He argued that some of them who might lose their seats would have no way to refund all the money they would have collected.
He added that since it might not be possible to have the members with disputed mandates to refund unmerited wages and allowances, the ideal thing to do was to leave the embattled legislators with half pay, pending the determination of their cases.
Onuoha, who is also at the election tribunal in Umuahia to contest the election of Mr. Mao Ohuabunwa as the senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, said it was apparent that many people already in the National and State Assemblies would lose at the tribunal and that recovering funds given them would be difficult.
He alleged that it was an open secret that PDP rigged most of its candidates into offices in the state in a vain effort to strengthen former President Goodluck Jonathan’s election, but noted that the true situation of things in South East was that PDP lost the election due to imposition of unpopular candidates.
Onuoha advised the leadership of the National Assembly to resolve its leadership crisis amicably, saying there was a high probability that lawmakers who cheated their way into the federal legislature could be among those fuelling the ongoing leadership crisis in the National Assembly.
He also expressed the hope that before the six month allotted to election petitions expired, the people of Abia North senatorial district would begin to reap the benefits of their popular choice.