The people Ukwa East and West Local Government Area of Abia State have passed a vote of no confidence on the member representing Ukwa East/West Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Uzoma Abonta.
Speaking under the umbrella of Coalition of Ukwa Leadership Accountability, the constituents asked Abonta to resign within 24 hours or face recall from the House of Representatives.
COFULA, in a petition to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, read by its spokesperson, Ukaegbu Chinenye, the group stated that the over 15 years of Abonta’s representation of the constituency was colossal waste.
They alleged that Abonta failed, neglected and refused to use his office to attract commensurate projects to the constituency in terms of the years and constituency fund made available to him for that purpose.
The petition dated January 17, 2022 read in part, “We have the worst roads in Nigeria, no light, water and good hospitals, despite being an oil producing federal constituency.
“Throughout the period, Abonta never deemed it fit to call for a constituency meeting. He represented only his interest and pocket.
“The self-serving representative gradually blossomed into despot and talked down on us. Instead of protecting and representing the constituency, being his primary responsibility, he makes mockery of us with impunity.
“It has just dawned on us that the people of Ukwa has deficient infrastructure as a result of Abonta’s incompetence and lack of capacity to speak for us.
“He has not been vociferous in presenting our plight to the government and good people of Nigeria. Rather, he chose to cast aspersions on us to massage his ego and protect himself from blame.
“Ukwa people deserve good representation and respect from anyone representing them in the National Assembly.
“It is in the light of the foregoing that we have unanimously resolved to communicate our loss of confidence in him to you to enable us recall him from the House of Representatives in accordance with the provision of section 69 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended .
“We crave your indulgence and provision of a conducive environment in this matter of Hon Abonta’s recall, withdrawal and other matters related thereto”.
The group also in a three-point communique after it’s meeting on Monday, made available to our correspondent pointed out that the collection of signatures for Abonta’s recall process in-line with the electoral act of Nigeria had already commenced.
Meanwhile, Hon. Barr. Uzoma Nkem Abonta, has condemned to it’s entirety the killing of three (3) soldiers attached to 144 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, between the boundaries of Obuzor and Owaza in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Hon. House of Rep member commiserates with the military over the death of their three (3) gallant soldiers who were attacked and killed by yet to be identified gun men between the boundaries of Obuzor Asa and Owaza autonomous community within the early hours of Tuesday 18th January 2022, and catered away with their rifles.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Engr. O. P Ifeanyichukwu, the Rep Member described the latest onslaught on his constituents and the military as unfortunate. It was also gathered that the affected communities has deserted their comfort zones as the insecurity of lives and properties toughens within the area.
He, however urged the communities not to be apprehensive but to remain calm and maintain decorum as the process to restore peace is on the high speed. “God and nature will help us to make sure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book,” he added.
Moreover, Hon. Uzoma Abonta, on Monday, January 17th, handed over over a well equipped emergency ambulance to the Ukwa West Primary Health Centre, Obehie alongside other medical equipments
The Ukwa West primary health centre, Obehie Asa has been in moribund over the years which has contributed wholesomely to the poor medical attention and services of the people of Ukwa West, mostly pregnant women and nursing mothers, and has brought a huge stress and unwarranted expenses to people of Ukwa West as they resort going to Aba and Port Harcourt for medical services.
Receiving the emergency ambulance and other medical equipments on behalf of the HOD, Mrs. Uko Ifeoma, and the entire staff of Ukwa West Primary Health Centre Obehie, Mrs. Ucheoma Atasie, the assistant OIC, appreciated the Hon. Member for his kind gesture and value for the health and well-being of the youths, elders, pregnant and nursing mothers of Ukwa West, stressing that ever since the health centre was rehabilitated and equipped by the Honourable member that hope and confidence has being restored, and people of Ukwa West now troop in on daily bases for their medical treatment and services.
“For the past 10yrs now Obehie primary health centre has suffered a huge setback in transportation of her patients on critical health challenges, and carriage of medical equipments and drugs, must especially during the COVID-19 period, and today God has answered our prayers through the Honourable member,” she added.
Among other primary health centres rehabilitated and equipped with over 7.million naira worth medical equipments by Hon. Barr. Uzoma Nkem Abonta, the House of Rep member for Ukwa East / West federal constituency includes;
» Owaza Primary Health Centre.
» Mkporobe Primary Health Centre.
» Obehie Primary Health Centre.