Obi decries N60b for purchase of SUV for NASS lawmakers

Obi decries N60b for purchase of SUV for NASS lawmakers

Mr. Peter Obi, Labour Party’s presidential candidate.

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25th election, Peter Obi has condemned the allocation of about N60b naira for the purchase of SUV vehicles for legislators and says nobody would have contemplated that under his Presidency.

Spin doctors have been on duty trying to twist and confuse the gullible public on what the Presidential Candidate said at a Press Conference on Monday concerning the controversial purchase of SUV vehicles claiming that he even endorsed it.

But at the press briefing, the Presidential Candidate was unequivocal in condemning it. He said that his Presidency would have shut down the idea as it’s inauspicious at a time when Nigeria is facing developmental problems.

He explained that in Nigeria today, healthcare has collapsed leading to our infant mortality surpassing that of India which is seven times our population. And said that  allocating funds that might be more than what is put for the healthcare budget to buying  vehicles for 400 persons is the height of insensitivity especially when most of them, Ex Governors, Ex Senators, and ministers have many cars parked in their homes carriages

“For you now to use funds that are higher than funds allocated to primary healthcare to buy a car for 400 people is very troubling and shows the height of insensitivity. I will not do it as President of Nigeria”

Obi said that his position that “there is even a way we can buy a more competitive vehicle for them even from locally made firms.

The LP presidential standard bearer said that given the hardships in the land “It’s time we shake our responsibilities towards what is happening.

As a former Anambra State Governor, Obi further explained how he handled similar situations. He negotiated for concessionaire pricing for  60, 406 saloon vehicles which was enough for Judges, Permanent Secretaries, newly appointed commissioners, the deputy governor, and himself the Governor.

Obi even challenged the public to go and verify the story with the motor Company that had  a French man, Mr Eric Maydieu, AGM Commercial, Peugeot Automobile Nig Ltd (PAN) in charge then.

On whether the Candidate has discussed this with LP legislators to buy into his vision on it, Obi said that he had actually done that and they said it’s an official car not for personal use. “But under my, watch nobody would have contemplated it at this time Nigerians are facing horrifying life due to poor management of our economy by the public servants,” Obi said.

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