Defection: Ebonyi indegenes urge lawmakers to impeach Umahi over alleged constitutional breaches
The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has enjoined the Ebonyi State House of Assembly to embark on the impeachment of the Governor Dave Umahi for allegedly breaching constitutional provision due to his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The group referred to a subsisting Supreme Court verdicts which insist that a governor cannot defect to another political party unless there is internal leadership crises as basis for its assertions.
The group maintained that there is no there is no known factionalisation nor internal crisis in the PDP before Dave Umahi defected from the PDP to the APC last week.
AESID’s President General, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, in a statement contended that the PDP had been at peace since the court ousted the Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP’s factional chairman four years ago.
“In view of the foregoing breaches of the fundamental rights of citizens of our dear State therefore and the potentialities of same to plunge Ebonyi into a serious political crises , a threat we had foresaw and consistently cautioned Governor Umahi about, AESID boldly urge Ebonyi lawmakers to immidiately commence impeachment proceedings against the Governor,” Oluchukwu said.
” We make this call due to our believe and understanding of Umahi as a brutal dictator who is ready to set our dear state on fire in pursuit of his ego-laced selfish interests.”
The group condemned in its totality and took a swipe at Umahi for his subtle threats to his appointees and the State legislators including the suspension of Victor Aleke from the State’s House of Assembly for keeping fate with the mandate given him by his people of Ebonyi North-west constituency.
“Finally, like we have always reiterated, Ebonyi belongs to all of us and one man’s personal ambition and interest cannot plunge the rest of the State which our fore-fathers laboured for many years to have into crises of monumental proportion,” Oluchukwu said.
” Ebonyi cannot be set aflame simply because Governor Umahi wants to protect his wealth belonging to Ebonyi people with the pretence of running for the highest office in the land.
“It has become obvious to us and every discerning mind that Umahi is deliberately creating the crises in PDP through Barr. Nwebonyi in order for some of the State lawmakers to have a fertile ground to defect with him in the guise of cracks, factions or crises in Ebonyi PDP.”