Ban on journalists: Call Gov Umahi to order, Ebonyi indigenes tells PDP leaders
- The PDP has been urged to call Governor Dave Umahi to order by an influential Ebonyi group
- Governor Umahi placed a ban on two journalists in the state recently sparking outrage nationwide
- The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora warned that the action of the governor might affect the PDP in future
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been asked to call the governor of Ebonyi state Engr. Dave Umahi. to order.
The request was made by the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) against the backdrop of the recent ban placed on two journalists in the state.
The group said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP should not look away from the issue and other actions of the governor capable of demarketing the party.
The AESID in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, April 27, asked the PDP to caution the governor against maladministration and moves capable of dwindling the fortunes of the party in Ebonyi in future elections.
Chairman of the group, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, said the PDP has a duty to caution Umahi against what he described as “undemocratic practices and ensure that his actions, on behalf of the party, do not undermine its enviable democratic credentials.”
Part of the statement read: “The PDP needs to caution Governor Dave Umahi against making unguarded and careless utterances capable of undermining the democratic gains of the party in the state.
“People will not forget in a hurry the example of the gag order issued by Umahi to the civil servants in the state recently not to speak out against any government policy however unpopular, the governor threatened to risk to fire such public officer from the civil service job.
“We call on the national leadership of the PDP to rise up to the challenges imposed on its peculiar position to rein on the governor and ensure that he remains respectful of democratic norms in leading the government and people of Ebonyi state on its behalf.
“We believe that for the PDP to safeguard its democratic reputations it must not overlook obvious disrespect for the rule of law and must, therefore, bring Governor Dave Umahi to book, and caution his approach.”
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The AESID had earlier condemned the eviction of the journalists from Government House, Abakaliki by the governor.
Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu had on Thursday, April 23, described the decision of the governor as dictatorial in a democratic system of government.
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