- Governor Dave Umahi's recent comment on the 2023 general elections has been generating reactions in Ebonyi
- A group, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora, wants the governor to retract the statement
- The group stated that such comments are a recipe for disaster
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The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has condemned a statement credited to the Ebonyi state governor, Engr. Dave Umahi on the 2023 general elections.
The governor was said to have reportedly made a statement suggesting he won't interfere in the selection process of his successor even if it degenerates into crisis.
He was said to have made the statement during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state congress held recently at the party’s state secretariat in Abakaliki.
The AESID in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, August 12, by its president, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, urged the Inspector General of Police, Director of State Security Service (DSS) and other federal security agencies not to ignore such a statement.
The group also demanded a retraction and a public apology from the governor.
Part of the statement read: “The threat is for want of more suiting adjectives - obnoxious, vexatious, insensitive and highly provocative coming from the number one citizen of our beloved state which is adjudged to be one of the most peaceful in the country.
“It baffles common sense, profound reasoning and good conscience that the State’s Chief Security Officer could sound this awful in his desperate bid to produce his successor come 2023.
“In our keen estimation, Governor Umahi has therefore by this unguarded assertion shown himself the common enemy of the same very people he was elected to serve.
“This best explains his abhorrence for criticisms no matter how constructive and has consequently led to his constant war with the opposition elements and the media who only strive their best to hold him accountable to the people.”
The AESID also stated that there are visible signs that influential people who backed Umahi in the past are deserting the governor.
The association, however, demanded a retraction of the statement within 48 hours to the people of Ebonyi state.
“While we urge Ebonyi people to remain calm, peaceful and also very watchful, we, however, implore all and sundry, particularly the Nigerian government to hold governor Umahi responsible for whatever crisis that may befall the state ahead of the 2023 general elections,” the group said.
The AESID had earlier called on the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies to embark on a comprehensive probe of the state financial records for the last 16 years.
The association also demanded that all those who have caused the state economic doldrums and future dooms beginning from 1999 should be brought to book.
Similarly, the group called on security agencies to intervene and quickly bring to end cases of political violence and killings allegedly ongoing in Asaga Owutu Edda in Afikpo south local government area of Ebonyi state.
The association also demanded that the state government should be made to “institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry to probe the causes of the killings in Edda.”
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