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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Nigeria: Ebonyi lawmaker suspended for turning herself to photographer begs

NEWSEbonyi lawmaker suspended for turning herself to photographer begs

The suspended female member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Maria Ude Nwachi, has pleaded guilty to the allegations leveled against her by the house.

Nwachi, who represents Afikpo North-east constituency in Ebonyi State House of Assembly was given a two-week suspension last Tuesday for alleged misconduct, particularly for posing as a public photographer.

Maria Ude Nwachi
At a public hearing by the five-man committee constituted by the house to investigate her, Nwachi was grilled for about 30 minutes by the committee at the assembly complex, Nkaliki road, Abakaliki during which she admitted her ‘crime’ and pleaded for forgiveness.

Nwachi equally accepted that she does some promotions for Governor David Umahi which according to her was to, ”showcase the Governor’s achievements before the world.”

“I actually missed sittings for my private business and such behavior no matter the circumstances cannot be right. I can’t justify that and I don’t see what the House has done as regards my suspension as a political witchhunt. I see my action as very wrong and I cannot justify it.

“I actually do some promotions for my Governor, he is my Governor. I do promotion for him, not image laundering. I have a lot of people on Facebook and I know how to figure those things and my consideration for doing that is to enable the people of the country to know that my Governor is doing well, developing the state.

“Even before I came into politics, I have been doing ‘Facebook business’ and managing the ‘Igboist account’ which enjoys large followership. I have been doing lots of empowerment through it. Usually, I use my resources to do those empowerment but this time around I introduced a formular which the Igboist members can contribute to empower the people. It is a new empowerment scheme and it’s a sort of family empowerment for members of the Igboist”, she said.

Chairman of the committee and member, representing Ikwo South constituency, Chike Ogiji outlined the effects of her ‘crime’.

According to him, the house took the decision to suspend her because it was worried about her activities which portrayed her and the assembly in bad light. He however commended the lawmaker for her sincerity over the allegations levelled against her.

Source: dailypostNg

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