Umahi, Ebonyi APC trade words
Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to the Federal Government to caution Governor Dave Umahi.The state Chairman of the party, Eze Nwachukwu, made the appeal yesterday in Abuja.He led a delegation of party members to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
Nwachukwu accused the governor of being behind the insecurity in the state.He added that the governor on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s platform was involved in the attacks of members of the opposition in the state.
The chieftain also urged the Federal Government to redeploy the state commissioner of police and order the disbandment of the killer group.He alleged that Umahi was using the state’s neighborhood watch to intimidate opponents.
The APC chairman also accused the governor of engaging in other wrongdoings, including alleged wanton destruction of property belonging to members of the opposition parties.
But, in a statement shortly after a meeting yesterday, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, said the APC should carry out issue-based campaigns, rather than upbraid him and engage in other forms of aspersions.
Uzor said: “Governor David Umahi is very busy with his developmental projects of repositioning the state and making it a modern state. He is therefore not distracted by careless and irresponsible vituperation from unfortunate political jobbers parading themselves as opposition.
“From all available records, Umahi has rescued the state from the fangs of poverty and underdevelopment and has never been found wanting in the discharge of his official duties.
“Pastor Nwachukwu, who is a factional chairmen of APC in Ebonyi State is notorious for his lies and penchant for seeking cheap publicity. Unfortunately, this one has hit the woodwork as it has failed to attract the sentiment he sought for.
Umahi said there is nothing like killer squad as he said, even though he was merely voicing out his frustration, especially after losing grip of the party at the state.He added that he has migrated to Abuja where he engages in systematic political alms-begging to survive and he feels the only way to do that is to go from one office to the other to cast aspersions on the hardworking governor.
While urging the APC chiefs to accommodate all in their fold, the SGF said, it was not impossible for the governor to join the party at a latter time.“With President Buhari’s declaration to run for 2019 elections, there are several people who are knocking and it is high time that we open our doors and even evoke our provisional constitutions that would allow them to come in.
“This is the time to open your arms and your doors to even those that are perceived as enemies, you must have a large heart to receive them.Mustapha reiterated his position that the shortest and surest way to Igbo presidency is to support Buhari in 2019.