By Akanimo Sampson,
TWO federal legislators from Cross River State in Southern Nigeria, have splashed a total of N7.6 million on their constituents, to enable them celebrate Christmas. The Senator representing Cross River North senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly Rose Oko, shared N6.00 million among her constituents, thanking them for voting her in absentia.
The member representing the Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwarra Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Legor Idagbo also gave each of the three local councils he represents N500,000 each in a meeting which held at the Ogoja council secretariat.
All these took place in Ogoja, the political headquarters of Cross River North, with Chairmen of the five council areas that make up the political bloct, Bekwarra, Obanliku, Obudu, Ogoja and Yala, in attendance.
Senator Oko expressed her gratitude to her constituents for “casting your votes for me while I was not around”. As a measure of goodwill for the yuletide, she then announced the sum of N6.1 million to be shared among the five local government areas and non indigenes.
The meeting also had in attendance the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chapter chairmen of the five local governments as well as other notable personalities such as Stephen Odey who is the current State Universal Basic Education Board chairman, Former Local Government Service Commissioner, Peter Ojie amongst others.
In the run up to the last general elections, reports of Dr. Rose Oko, who was then a member of the House of Representatives in the 7th Assembly, been critically ill, filled the atmosphere with no one aware of her whereabouts for almost six months.
Her party members and colleagues all kept mute with only her posters used to campaign for her from the primaries through to the general elections as reported by CrossRiverWatch.
She however surfaced weeks after the elections to collect her certificate of return.