When she was refusing to sell her conscience for less, she never knew that more was on the way. Today, she is happy she made that move.
Mrs Eunice Ngozi Onuegbusi, the woman who rejected N5,000 cash-for-vote bribe has been given N1 million for her exemplary conduct.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State gave Eunice the money after she rejected the inducement from a rival political party during the just-concluded governorship election in the state, which Professor Chukwuma Soludo won.
The woman, a native of Ukwulu in Dunukofia Local Government Area rejected the offer from a political party’s representative, who was escorted by security agents.
In the video that went viral, she insisted that although she did not have N5,000, she would never accept any gratification that would make her vote against her conscience.
Praising the woman, the governor-elect, Soludo, said: “I summarise the action of the woman of Ukwulu, who rejected N5,000 to influence her voting, as a metaphor for the spirit of Anambra.
“The woman said ‘I am poor; I don’t have any money in my pocket, but I won’t take N5000’.
“That is the spirit of Anambra and her action is the resilience of the Anambra spirit.”
In Governor Obiano’s remark: “Madam Eunice knew that though money could buy her temporary relief, but Anambra would be a better place if she voted according to her conscience. It belongs to our loyal party men and women who resisted temptations of financial inducement from rival parties to fight under the banner of APGA because they knew that victory for APGA is victory for the ordinary citizens of our dear state. And finally, it belongs to Ndi Anambra at home and in the Diaspora who stood behind APGA, not because we have met all the expectations of our people but because even in the foundation my Team and I have laid so far, they see enough sunlight to believe that Anambra State is like the sun which is bound to rise, against all odds. And that is why we won this election.”
Watch video below showing when she rejected the money