Suspended Female Lawmaker Pleads For Forgiveness

Maria Ude Nwachi of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the allegations leveled against her by the house.
The female representative of Afikpo North-east constituency in the State House of Assembly was last Tuesday,given a two-week suspension for allegedly posing as a public photographer.
A five-man committee was drawn up by the house to investigate the allegations and at a sitting on Wednesday, Ms. Nwachi was interrogated for about half an hour by the committee at the assembly complex, Nkaliki road, Abakaliki during which she admitted her ‘crime’ and pleaded for forgiveness.

She agreed that there were two sittings, which she missed for ”her image making business” and that she also takes photographs for her image making businesses.
Ms. Nwachi equally conceded that she does some promotions for Governor David Umahi which according to her was to, "showcase the Governor’s achievements before the world.”
In her words, 
“I actually missed sittings for my private business and such behavior no matter the circumstances cannot be right. I can’t justify that and I don’t see what the House has done as regards my suspension as a political witchhunt. I see my action as very wrong and I cannot justify it.“I actually do some promotions for my Governor, he is my Governor. I do promotion for him, not image laundering. I have a lot of people on Facebook and I know how to figure those things and my consideration for doing that is to enable the people of the country to know that my Governor is doing well, developing the state.“Even before I came into politics, I have been doing ‘Facebook business’ and managing the ‘Igboist account’ which enjoys large followership. I have been doing lots of empowerment through it. Usually, I use my resources to do those empowerment but this time around I introduced a formular which the Igboist members can contribute to empower the people. It is a new empowerment scheme and it’s a sort of family empowerment for members of the Igboist”.
Chairman of the committee and member, representing Ikwo South constituency, Chike Ogiji told Nwachi outlined the effects of her ‘crime’.
According to him, the house took the decision to suspend her because it was worried about her activities portray her and the assembly in bad light. He however commended her for her sincerity over the allegations leveled against her.
According to him, 
“We are not interested in your private life, we don’t even intend to delve into your privacy. But what we want is that as long as you continue to be a member of this House of Assembly, it is collective responsibility and the public perception about your behavior and conduct is also important to us and that is why we have done this.
“We sincerely appreciate your sincerity because sometimes people are not sincere. We want to leave a legislature that is very decent and (can) be imitated and seen as being upright anywhere in this country and that is why we have done what we have done. We want to thank you for making yourself available and for also being very sincere and religious for attending to our questions."
Frank Onwe, representative of Ohaukwu South constituency, also commended Ms. Nwachi for her sincerity saying; 
“Dear colleague, I must commend you for making the work of this House very easy. By accepting responsibilities for all these things leveled against you. For the purpose of the public and records, people go out there to give misconceptions of what happened in the House. The House did not suspend you simply because you are photographing. For us, we see it as a hobby. When there is programme we go there, snap with people and get pictures.“But it becomes a problem when you go to a public place outside your area and in the process (or) where you are ‘paparazing,’ you are pushed down and they will say, it is Maria, a legislator and where is the legislator from? She is from Ebonyi state. So it takes something away from the House here that one of us is being pushed around…”

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