Umeh threatens to expose Ekwunife over alleged diversion of constituency fund

The senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Senator Victor Umeh, on Saturday threatened to expose Senator Uche Ekwunife, who represented the zone before she was removed by the court.

Umeh, who is already 10 moths in the senate, said his predecessor, Ekwunife who was sacked from the national assembly by the court in December 2015, had drawn the constituency allowance for the zone in 2016, despite not being in the national assembly.

The senator, who revealed this during the disbursement of 31 tricycles attracted by him to the youths of Anambra Cntral said it was unfortunate that some one elected to represent the people, could engage in such show of shame.

He said, “If some people say what I am saying is a lie, then they should challenge me, and if they do, they will end up in prison. As I speak to you, I have not received a penny from the national assembly as constituency fund since I went there, what I have been doing is with my own money.

“Rather, your former senator used her influence as a member of the APC to stop the 2017 constituency funds for the zone. I am still tracking that fund to be sure it has not yet been stolen, but once I am sure that the money is still intact, I will tell you people.

“If the money has been stolen, I will tell you people, and it will be the beginning of sending some people to prison. I am there on your behalf, and you can be rest assured that whatever is due you, K will not steal it, but bring it home.

The senator said that the sharp practices which corrupt lawmakers indulge in was the reason he almost lost the 31 tricycles, meant for the zone, which was valued at N32million.

“When I got to the senate, I started asking questions, and I was told that these empowerment tools have been shared to other senators. I approached them and was able to get your own.

“The government agency responsible for the distribution of the tricycles told me that the way it is done was to pay the senator half of the worth of the tricycles and he keeps them, but when he told me so, I simply told him that I was Victor Umeh and not just any other senator, and would not compromise the future of members of my constituency.

“He first told me he would settle me with N18million, but I told him I was not interested, and he added another N1million, saying it was a practice among most lawmakers, but he was surprised when I rejected his offer.”In his address to the monarchs, Osinbajo, who was accompanied by Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and others, said: “This is not a government that believes that the money of the people should be stolen because our determination is to build this country.

“We are earning today 60 percent less than what the country earned in the past 10years, yet we are spending more in building infrastructure than any government in the country today.

“The question we ought to ask previous government is, what did they do with the monies if today we are still building the Itakpe-Warri railway line which was established 35years ago as well as the Kaduna Hydro project which also was established 40years ago?”

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