By Dipo Olowookere
The lawmaker representing Kogi East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Mr Atai Aidoko, is not having it easy with people of the area.
This is because the Senator has been accused of hoarding items he was supposed to give to his constituents for their empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) but were allegedly cornered by him.
Some of the items, which the lawmaker, who is seeking re-election, allegedly hoarded were tricycles motorcycles, sewing machines and grinding machines.
He was said to have released these items because of the 2019 elections.
It was disclosed that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senator had warehoused the materials running into billions of naira instead of giving them out to constituents, which is why the sudden release is raising more questions than answers.
Members of the Senate are allowed to nominate projects in their constituents in alignment with MDG goals but funds meant for such projects are often diverted into buying give-aways like motorcycles, sewing machines, grinding machines, which are then used as bait when elected representatives are due for re-election
According to reports, the senator kept the materials with the intention of using them as bait to entice delegates in the party’s convention because he had nothing else to point to as major contribution to the welfare of the people of Kogi State.
A constituent from Kogi East Senatorial District said, “I wander why the senator is sharing these items now when in the last four years he had not done anything for his people. Kogi East voters are now wiser and would do what they have to do at the PDP primaries in September to choose someone who will truly have their interest at heart.”
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