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Onu rejects N29m car gift from governor

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Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science and technology, has rejected the Toyota SUV given to him by the Ebonyi state government.

The minister, in a letter to the state governor, Dave Umahi, said he rejected the gift because the laws of the state excluded him from persons eligible to collect such gifts.

The letter which was obtained by Premium Times quoted Onu calling the governor’s attention to the relevant sections of the constitution and how the state House of Assembly abused its powers to technically edge him out of his deserved pension, being a former governor of Abia state.

Onu said it was clear from the foregoing that he was the target of the change “in an apparent design to deny me of my due pension entitlement.”

“This is especially so in the circumstance where it is the duty of the state government to do so as a responsibility of the sharing of assets between Ebonyi and Abia states. You will recall that I was the first elected Governor of Abia state, in which a part later became a constituent part of Ebonyi State.”

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The minister therefore urged the governor to initiate steps to redress the injustice done to him in the interest of fairness, justice and respect for the constitution of the country.

“Laws are not made to suit personal prejudices. Laws are made to serve enduring attributes of good conscience honour and equity,” Onu wrote.

Onu is the second personality to reject exotic car gifts distributed to former Governors Sam Egwu and Martin Elechi and erstwhile secretary to the government of the federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

The SUVs, which cost N29 million each or a total of N116 million, was rejected by Martin Elechi, the former governor of Ebonyi state, who also wrote to the governor returning the car.

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Elechi, the former governor of Ebonyi state, rejected Toyota V8 SUV presented to him as a gift by his successor David Umahi. Premium Times reports that the state government, with the approval of the State’s House of Assembly, had purchased four SUVs for former governors of the state at the cost of N29 million each.

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