The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to urgently call Dave Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State to order so as to avoid crisis in the state.
The group was calling Buhari and APC’s attention to what it described as “accusations, threats, harassments, intimidation and open protests being orchestrated” against some elders and leaders in the State by Umahi since his defection from the PDP to the APC.
President of the group, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, also warned that security agencies in the state should not allow themselves to be used by Umahi to cause mayhem in Ebonyi.
AESID once again ask the Buhari-led government, the APC and indeed, all heads of Security formations to not only call Umahi to order but also investigate his attempts to cover up his plots to destabilize our peaceful state with his false alarms,” the statement added.
“This group is sincerely outraged by the media-publicized latest accusation coming from the Chief Security Officer of the State, Engr. Umahi wherein he copiously alleged that the former Senate President, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim and the first Executive Governor of the State, Sen. Sam Egwu alongside other elders in the state were engaging cultists and some IPOB members to start killings and causing crisis in Ebonyi state in the name of fighting Ebonyi state government and the Governor.
“AESID hereby condemns this early false and unwarranted alarm raised by the Governor who even shot himself on the foot by admitting: ‘I am not saying that this information is true or not but I need to raise an alarm because lives will be lost.’
“The spurious alarms being raised by the Governor should therefore be seen as a preparatory ground for perhaps, his future plans to destabilize Ebonyi state and this is why we urge the federal government and all its organs and mechanisms to call Governor Umahi to immediately order.”
Furthermore, the group said that Governor, who has sacked not less than 100 aides who are all loyal to the opposition leaders and elders and dissolved boards, agencies and parastatals “headed by the same elders that refused to follow him to the APC cannot, therefore, pretend that he is not the one fighting his elders and former leaders and thereby, stoking the embers of war in our peaceful Ebonyi State.”