- There are fears that the recent political happenings may degenerate into a full-blown crisis if not handled properly
- A group in the state says the governor, Dave Umahi, is not helping matters with his recent comments
- The group also accused the governor of using underhand tactics to intimidate his political opponents in the state
The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has alleged that there are plans by the Ebonyi government to intimidate politicians in the state who refused to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with Governor Dave Umahi.
The group said the recent comments made in various functions by the governor were disturbing, hence it called on the federal government to prevail on Umahi not to heat the polity in the state.
In a statement sent to journalists and seen by Legit.ng on Wednesday, December 16 by the AESID president, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, the group alleged that said the state government was planning to frame-up and rope-in some key political actors in opposition parties.
The group further alleged that the plan is to accuse the politicians and their supporters of cultism with a view to clamp them into illegal detention.
Part of the statement read:
“His threat against PDP leaders and members and vow to collect ‘signatures’ of constituents are surprisingly coming just a few days after he deceptively called for a cease-fire in his early-orchestrated war against the leaders of opposition in Ebonyi state.
“All these desperate actions and comments of a man who claims to love God and humanity is capable of not only derailing governance but causing serious political unrest in our very peaceful state.”
The AESID advised the federal government and the security agencies not to allow Ebonyi to be thrown into a political crisis, adding that the governor is not bigger than the state.
“AESID further expects leaders across board and party lines in Nigeria to rise to the occasion and caution the governor against the blood-shed he is about plunging the poorest state in the entire southern Nigeria into.”
Recall that the AESID had earlier asked President Buhari and the leadership of the APC to call Governor Umahi to order so as to avoid crisis in Ebonyi state.
The group alleged that since the governor's defection to the APC, he has embarked on accusations, threats, harassments, and intimidation against some elders and leaders in Ebonyi state.
Earlier, the group stated that the defection of Umahi didn't come as a surprise, stressing that the governor is known for political inconsistency since his foray into politics.
The group further stated that the political life of the governor has become a domesticated case of a study in downright betrayal beginning from his days in the Dr Ogbonnaya Onu campaign Directorate in 1999.
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