The Louisville councilman who has missed every meeting since mid-August as he pursues political office in Nigeria, refused to resign his seat in a fiery press conference on Wednesday.
Vitalis Lanshima, who is physically challenged, is planning to represent Jos North/Bassa federal constituency at the House of Representatives.
He has been under scrutiny from other council members who called for an investigation into whether his political bid in Nigeria broke the state law and makes him ineligible to continue serving his district. .
“Please stop being obsessed with me,” Vitalis Lanshima said on Wednesday. He lashed out against his colleagues, whom he called “sore losers or sore winners,” and claimed the criticism surrounding him was a “manufactured crisis.”
Courier-Journal reported that even fellow Democrats aren’t convinced whether Lanshima should be left off the hook.
Democratic Councilwoman, Cindi Fowler, said Lanshima’s behavior raises questions on whether his constituents are being represented on the council, especially since Lanshima skipped 20 council meetings since mid-June.
But while Lanshima was missing meetings and running for office in Nigeria, he was still earning a salary. So far he has earned nearly $40,000 this year.
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