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Senators In Heated Disagreement Over Innoson Motors



Senators Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu North) and Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South) on Tuesday exchanged words over the founder of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma.

Utazi had urged the Senate to note that Chukwuma is one of the industrialists boosting the nations.

He lamented that some Nigerians have developed the habit of deriding the Innoson. He specifically accused those of South-East origin,

However, as Utazi was still making his presentation, Senator Ubah was heard at the background apparently opposing him.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan called on Utazi to desist from introducing controversial matters with ethnic colouration.

The exchange almost became a direct verbal exchange between Utazi and Ubah. It took the Senate President a few minutes before he could restore normalcy.

Ubah noted it was out of place for Utazi to attempt to champion issues concerning one of his constituents in Anambra State. Because Utazi represents Enugu North. Uba said this at a press briefing after plenary.

He said insinuations by some faceless persons that he rejected patronage of lnnoson vehicles during a Senate committee meeting.

He said that contrary to what is being peddled, he is the biggest patron of Innoson vehicles in the southeast.

Ubah said: “My attention has been unavoidably drawn to a grossly misleading and fictitious narrative. It is credited to certain faceless, pseudo media elements who in the figment of their imaginations, They claim that I rejected the patronage of lnnoson vehicles in a Senate committee meeting.


“Presently, I am the biggest private patronizer of lnnoson vehicles in the Southeast today.

“The very first car that I gave my only beloved daughter when she clocked 18 years is an Innoson (lVM) vehicle which she still drives till date. The car is still parked in my Lagos residence.

“It is therefore ridiculous and laughable to insinuate that a man who bought his only daughter an lnnoson vehicle would kick against procuring the same brand of the vehicle for Senators.

“In my political engagements, l have purchased over 30 trailers of lnnoson plastic products worth over 400million.

“l have also given out lnnoson Vehicles to organisations such as: National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Southeast, Sports Writers Association Nigeria (SWAN), Catholic Boys Organization Nnewi Diocese, Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), Nnewi Youths Forum and a host of friends and ardent supporters too numerous to mention.

“In line with my ‘think home’ philosophy, I also purchased FC lfeanyi Ubah’s official vehicles three Coaster Buses, Trucks and SUV’s from lnnoson.

“In total, I have spent over N700million in purchasing both vehicles and other products from lnnoson from my personal pocket.

“Let me say without mincing words that I am the only individual with the largest units of Innoson vehicles in his fleet. That is talking about people in the entire Southeast.

“From the onset till date, I have maintained a very brotherly and cordial relationship with Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of Innoson Group whom I have always patronized and been at the forefront of promoting his brand.

“Therefore, I advise those trying to fan the embers of discord between two brothers to desist from such. It is a failed plot that is obviously dead on arrival.

“There are glaring fact that further exposes the hollowness of this poorly scripted propaganda. One of which is the fact that the Nigerian Senate already gave out official cars to Senators since last year.

“It is imperative to also note that I am not a member of the Senate Appropriation Committee. Neither am I a member of the Senate Services Committee. Senators

“Ordinarily, it is not in my character to bring my investments and patronage dealings with brands to the public domain, but for the purpose of clarity, I have decided to set the records straight with these barefaced facts and figures.

“To this end, I wish to appeal to the general public to kindly disregard this misleading report. They should always endeavour to reach out to my media office. My office will ascertain the authenticity of such stories in future instances.

“I also wish to reaffirm my utmost commitment to promoting the Igbo economy and our ‘think home’ philosophy.”

Source: The Nations Newspaper is an authoritative car blog in Nigeria. Its objective is to get Nigerians and a wider audience to be more informed about automobiles, the automotive sector and transport infrastructure. Over the years, we have been instrumental in creating immeasurable public awareness about automobiles and their maintenance, safety and traffic laws, amongst others. ...Your mobility, our priority. NK

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