…Accuses them of Hiding Behind Gov.Nwifuru

By Dominion Okechukwu 

A chieftain of the Labour Party in Ebonyi state, Dr. Ezeh Emmanuel Ezeh, has knocked members of the National Assembly from the state over what he calls their lackluster performance to the people.

Ezeh who contested to represent the Abakaliki/ Izzi Federal Constituency in the 2023 general elections under the platform of the Labour Party (LP) maintained that these lawmakers hide under the wings of the governor to evade their statutory duties in the National Assembly.

The Oxford trained entrepreneur who made the assertion during a chat with journalists in Abakaliki, decried how members of the National Assembly have become scavengers for wealth, rather than use the given opportunity to articulate and support the execution of sustainable and life changing policies and projects for their constituents

Dr Ezeh bemoaned the aloofness of the National Assembly lawmaker representing the constituency where Ebonyi residence homes were destroyed in the ongoing road infrastructure development in Abakaliki urban by the governor Francis Nwifuru government.

According to him: “You cannot stand something on nothing. Granted that development comes with some discomforts, but the people’s representatives owe the people the duty of care. A show of empathy on the economic and social impacts of the Vanco flyer over project is necessary. Did you see any whimper or show of empathy from representatives? One must be prepared for the difficult but interesting work of a legislature.

On the attitude of lawmakers who routinely abandon their official committee and oversight duties in Abuja to accompany the governor while he is performing his own duties, Dr. Ezeh contends that some of the lawmakers are not capable of making meaningful contributions in their committee assignments, and until people who are prepared are sent to the national parliament, the situation may never change.

“People can only give what they have. For some, part of their self-chosen assignment is to follow the governor around, attend ceremonies and go back to Abuja on weekly basis. The reality staring us in our faces is that only few of our representatives know their job descriptions, for others, its all about hero-worshipping the governor or anyone they think can sustain their access to power. What exactly do some of them bring to the table in their various committees. A man who knows he has nothing to offer will conscientiously use the governor as a shield. Many know they did not win their elections and so, they have to stick close to the sit of power. Unlike before, the people are watching them keenly,” he submitted.

While answering questions of the gale of defections that saw lawmakers elected on the platform of the LP defect to the ruling party in their states, especially in Enugu and Ebonyi states, dr. Ezeh said that those who defected were opportunists who may have unwittingly dug their own political graves as they have no ideological foundation as politicians. He maintained that the Labour Party was waxing stronger as more Nigerians, especially the youth who are primarily driven by the need to enthrone a decent and functional governance system have continued to flock into the LP to restore the hopes of a better Nigeria.

“Those who moved are the politicians that saw LP as a special purpose vehicle to actualize ambitions. If you look at those moving out of LP in Ebonyi state, you will notice they are perennial movers and some are known leaders of AGIP (any government in power).

“Let’s not forget that what happened in 2023 was a revolution of ideas birthed by the youths of Nigeria. A peoples’ movement called the Obi-dients. These people are young, urbane, middle class, educated, youthful and entrepreneurial but, largely unemployed and frustrated. They are ideologically connected to an ideal world view that many of the political class do not have the competence to understand nor aspire to

“These young Nigerians have seen comrades die crossing the Atlantic Oceans in search of better opportunities, seen many die in the deserts of Ethiopia. They have seen in their travels, the power of innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and a future that is Nigeria’s. These are not people ready to jump from party to party. They are the real followers of Mr. Obi. Like Kenya, the bubble may yet burst if we continue to be tone deaf to their legimitate demands for the rebirth of a New Nigeria,” he concluded

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