The vehicles are official cars – Peter Obi backs LP lawmakers for the purchase of 160 million naira SUV

Written by Jubilant Agbor

The 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate and former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, has defended his party members who are lawmakers for not rejecting the Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs given to them in the National Assembly.

Recall that the National Assembly disclosed its intention to buy operational SUV vehicles for its 469 members, valued at 160 million naira each.

According to reports, the purchase of these imported luxurious vehicles has come under criticism and backlash due to the cost of the vehicles, which is above the prescribed package for lawmakers and other public office holders by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), as well as the tough economic situation in the country.

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Responding to this when asked his opinion concerning members of the Labour Party not rejecting the cars given to them as a way of standing out, Peter Obi, during a press conference in Abuja, disclosed that the vehicles are official cars meant for official use.

He stated, “Let me start with the issue of Labour Party members in the house. I have actually discussed this issue with them. Surprisingly, I can tell you, I heard that these vehicles are official cars, and normally, they have to use them.  It is meant for official purposes, so it’s not as if it is their personal vehicle. They are meant to use it while they are in the Senate, but you know how things work here. It’s not going to be like that.”

He, however, maintained that things would have worked differently if he were the president.

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