By Ikeugonna Eleke
A member of the House of Representatives, and the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Awka North and South Federal Constituency, Hon Anayo Nebe, who was defeated by his PDP counterpart, has denied that he was dismantling boreholes he constructed for the people of his constituency because they failed to vote for him.
There had been rumors in town that the lawmaker was embittered about his inability to win election and had dismantled a borehole he drilled in Umuachalla for his constituents after the people failed to re-elect him.
The rumor which was mostly carried on the social media, was that he planned to dismantle several other borehole projects he did for the people because of his failure to win the election the previous Saturday.
But when Fides visited Nebe in his Umuokpu home, he denied the rumour, describing it as a wicked one peddled by his political rivals.
He told Fides that he had over 24 borehole projects in the federal constituency and that some of them were constructed when he was the speaker of Anambra Assembly.
'Up till today, I am still maintaining the boreholes. What happened was that one of the boreholes I drilled at Umuachalla was bad, and the people of the area had tried to repair it, but could not, so I sent my people there to remove the sumo, which was identified as the problem so we can change it and people started carrying rumours.
'If you go there now, you will see that we have already rectified the problem and even installed a new sumo and the borehole is working perfectly,' he said.
Nebe said he had no reason to dismantle the sumo because he did not win election, noting that God had been good to him throughout his political career.
'I cannot do that. I have been speaker, I was at the National Conference and I am currently in the House of Representatives. You see that God has been good to me,' Nebe said.
Nebe who lost the Awka North and South Federal Constituency election to Chinedu Onwuaso of PDP the previous Saturday, said he would not challenge the outcome of the election in court.
Nebe, it will be recalled, had assumed his seat in the National Assembly earlier on the platform of PDP but shortly after joined APGA only to lose to an opponent from his former party.
Meanwhile, a visit to Umuachalla Village in Awka showed that the borehole rumoured to have been dismantled had already been fixed, with villagers fetching water from it. A villager who spoke to Fides confirmed that the borehole was sunk about 10 years ago, putting paid to rumours that the borehole was sunk just before the last election.