Ebonyi APC reports governor to SGF, alleges highhandedness
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
Members of the All Progressives Congress from Ebonyi State on Tuesday visited the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, with a request that the Federal Government should caution the state governor, David Umahi.
The state government has, however, said the governor would never be distracted by the antics of those it described as “impostors.”
During the visit on Tuesday, the chairman of the state chapter of APC, Rev. Eze Nwachukwu, had attributed the security challenges being witnessed in the state to the governor’s alleged “penchant for crushing members of the opposition.”
Nwachukwu accused the governor of engaging in “wanton destruction of properties belonging to APC members and brutalising them.”
“The former Secretary to the State Government who resigned recently confirmed in his resignation letter that the governor has a record of moving against those he is not on the same page with when he said he knew the governor would go after him, his family and friends,” Nwachukwu said.
The party chairman also accused the governor of allegedly hijacking the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes in the state.
He said contrary to Umahi’s public support for President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor is against the President.
He, therefore urged Mustapha to intervene and ensure the redeployment of the state Commissioner of Police, to disband the killer group allegedly being operated by the governor and the neighborhood watch.
While asking for financial support for the state chapter of the party from APC states, Nwachukwu also made a a case for more federal appointments for members of the party “to empower us more with resources to prosecute the 2019 elections.”
But the state government, in its reaction by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emmanuel Uzor, said there was nothing like a killer squad as alleged.
Uzor said the governor would not be distracted “by careless and irresponsible vituperation from unfortunate political jobbers parading themselves as opposition.”
He said rather than casting aspersions on the governor, the APC should carry out issue-based campaigns.
Uzor said, “Governor David Umahi is very busy with his developmental projects of re-positioning the state and making it a model of modern state and therefore is not distracted by careless and irresponsible vituperation from unfortunate political jobbers parading themselves as opposition.
“From all available records, Governor 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; but unfortunately, this one has hit the woodwork as it has failed to attract the sentiment he sought.
“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 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 be going from one office to the other to cast aspersions on the hardworking governor of Ebonyi State.
“I advise Nwachukwu to put his house in order and take care of the cancerous divisions in his party and carry out issue-based campaigns, instead of his usual naked dance in the marketplace, having lost relevance in his own party.”
Meanwhile, Mustapha told members of the delegation that his office is that of the government of the federation and not for APC alone.
He urged the party chiefs to be open to all, saying the governor might join the party later.
He said, “Who says David Umahi can’t be with us tomorrow? So, we have to look at the prospects of the future.
“Like I said, this is the office of the government of the federation; he will come here, we will receive him because that is what is expected of this office.
“We will do business with him as far as government activities are concerned, and when it comes to our party issue we will do our party issues.”
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