The Senate has refused to accept that thete was anything wrong in exotic cars for its use.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Services, Ibrahim Gobir said the Senate’s decision to pay N36.5 million for each of dozens of Toyota Land Cruisers recently acquired for senators was of absolute necessity.
Gobir told journalists on Tuesday in Abuja that the specification of the acquired vehicles were higher than those reported in the media.
According to him, the specification of Land Cruisers was VXR V8 not V6.
“The car we bought is Land Cruiser VXR V8, not V6,” said Mr. Gobir.
“The showroom price is about N31 million minimum and then when you add 10 per cent tax it becomes 36.5 million.
“In fact you can go to the internet and download it; it is very simple, we can give you the website, and you can see them.
“So, I think what we have purchased the car for is very reasonable”.
He also said the number of cars purchased were only 36 vehicles, contrary to media reports that it procured 108 cars.
“A lot has been happening within the last two days concerning the issue of cars, car loan, appropriation and cost of the cars and we feel it necessary to come out and inform the public about it.
“This is so, so that people can have a better understanding of the whole thing to avoid wrong perception as being created among Nigerians.
“That we bought 108 cars is totally wrong; it is not correct. We bought 36 cars.
“These 36 cars, each senator in each state is either a chairman or a vice chairman and we gave one car to each state to share as utility car. So, we don’t have money to buy 108 cars.
“We had a closed session and they agreed that we should give one car per state; we sat down and agreed who needs the car most and that was what happened,” he said.