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Onuoha Proposes Half Pay For Lawmakers With Disputed Mandate

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba

As the issue of jumbo salary and allowances of members of the National

Assembly (NASS) continues to dominate public attention, the Abia

North Senatorial candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

in the last election, Dr. David Onuoha-Bourdex, has said that all

members with pending election petitions at the tribunal should be

given half pay.

Onuoha-Bourdex, who made the call in a statement made available to

Daily Indepenent in Aba, Abia State, argued that given the financial

profile of the country and the fact that most of those facing the

election petition tribunal would lose their seats, it would be proper

to withhold half of the emoluments payable to them.

He added that since it might not be possible to have the members with

disputed mandates to refund the unmerited wages and allowances, the

ideal thing to do is to leave the embattled legislators with half pay

pending the determination of their cases.

Onuoha-Bourdex who is contesting the election of Mao Ohuabunwa as the

winner of the March 28, 2015 senatorial election, disclosed that

already evidence has started emerging that most of the Peoples

Democratic Party (PDP) NASS candidates in South East geopolitical

zone, did not win the majority of lawful votes in the ballot.

Referring to a petition at the first Anambra Election Petition

Tribunal, where the PDP candidate for Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia

Federal Constituency, Dr. Nnamdi Eze, reportedly confessed that his

APGA counterpart, Mr. Dozie Nwankwo, actually won the election,

Onuoha-Bourdex said NASS members that gained victory by crook should

toe the path of honour.

The telecommunications expert stressed that it was an open secret that

PDP rigged most of its candidates into office in a vain effort to

strengthen former President Goodluck Jonathan’s election adding that

the true situation of things in South East was that PDP lost the

election due to imposition of unpopular candidates.

While praising Eze and Anambra PDP for acknowledging the obvious,

Onuoha-Bourdex said “there is a high probability that lawmakers who

cheated their way into the federal legislature could be among those

fueling the ongoing leadership crisis in the National Assembly.”

The APGA chieftain expressed the hope that before the six month period

allotted to election petitions expires, the people of Abia North

Senatorial district would begin to reap the benefits of their popular

choice pointing out that though his plans to uplift the senatorial

district was being delayed, he remained confident of reclaiming his

mandate.