Rep member under fire over viral video of widow beneficiary of his covid -19 stimulus package
By Steve Oko
The member representing Arochukwu /Ohafia federal constituency of Abia State at the House of Representatives, Hon. Uko Nkole, has come under fire and public condemnation over viral video of a widow who was a beneficiary of his coronavirus stimulus package.
This is as the widow’s son, Mr. Sunday Nwigwe has said the action was deliberate and intended to spite him (Sunday) apparently for being critical of the lawmaker.
Nkole had through his agents visited the widow, Mrs. Agboho Nwigwe in her Abam country home, and given her a cash of N5000 , 20 cups of rice and few packets of indommie noodles.
But unknown to the innocent widow, the agents of the lawmaker had recorded the video of her excitement as she knelt down to pray for the lawmaker.
Nkole’s agents had also subtly asked the woman as she was still on her knees why she had not called her son, Mr Sunday Nwigwe to order over his incessant criticisms against Nkole.
They had also asked her if she had ever benefited anything from the principal of her son perceived as Nkole’s political rival , an inquest she didn’t know was made with bad intent.
Soon afterwards, the video of the encounter went viral on the social media, castigating the widow’s son and his principal both of who are in the same political party with the lawmaker.
Peeved by the development, Mr. Nwigwe told Wawa News Global that he had since returned both the cash and items to Nkole, and replaced the lawmaker’s gift with a 50kg bag of rice and N20,000 to his mother according to a post on his facebook page.
He expressed shock and rage over the lawmaker’s ” childish attitude” because of their political difference.
Nwigwe said his only ‘crime’ against Nkole was that he had constantly asked him to deliver democracy gains to his constituents, and to rise to his legislative role of sponsoring bills, saying it’s shameful that the two -term lawmaker is yet to have any bill to his credit.
Nwigwe also said the lawmaker was incensed with him for challenging him to send some relief materials as palliative to his constituents following the ongoing covid -19 lockdown.
He, therefore, expressed dismay that the lawmaker could “descend so low” to make caricature of her innocent mother just because of politics.
Nwigwe who accused Nkole of impatience with critics “because of his 2023 governorship ambition”, handed the lawmaker over to God for treating his mother with such a disdain.
“If their intent is not to make jest of my mum and disparage my boss, why post the video? Was my mum the only widow in Abam that received his nonsense relief material which I have also returned to him ? But I leave him to God “, Nwigwe boiled.
Meanwhile, the viral video which has been trending on the social media has drawn public outrage against the lawmaker, with some commentators describing the action as despicable and too petty.
Some critics have demanded public apology from the lawmaker for making jest of an innocent widow in a desperation to settle scores with perceived political enemies.
They expressed displeasure over the lawmaker’s action and called on the state leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to call him to order or face mass rejection in the constituency.