I’m aware of those who don’t wish me well – Umahi
Ebonyi monarchs to seek approval from govt chieftaincy title
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi Sate says he knows those who don’t wish him well, stressing that it is amusing for people to call him former governor because of the outcome of the Federal High Court even when he is sitting very tight discharging his duty as a governor.
Umahi made the assertion in Abakaliki during a Thanksgiving service to celebrate the Appeal Court victory at new Government House, Abakaliki.
He said that the challenges he was facing has promoted him to another level and has no grudges against those fighting for his removal from office, stating that he was sitting very well as a governor.
Recall that the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, sacked Umahi and his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe, ordering them to vacate their office for defecting from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umahi, however, appealed the judgment, and on April 1, the Appeal Court sitting in Enugu affirmed Ebonyi High Court judgment that the governor did not go contrary to provisions of the law by defecting to another political party.
According to the governor, it was amusing that people who have never been councilors would be calling him a former governor.
“The important thing, however, is that there is still governor inside the former governor they call me.
“They see a very tough governor who is sitting very well on his seat and still call him a former governor.
“I am aware of those who don’t wish me well and if everyone wishes you well, what will you be praying for.
“I am presently a consultant in conflict resolution and any one God leads through obstacles should not look back.”
Meanwhile, Ebonyi State government has expressed disappointment over the recent conferment of chieftaincy titles on some individuals with suspicious character, whom it said had contributed little or nothing to the development of the community and the state.
It therefore warned traditional rulers to desist from such “obnoxious” act because anyone caught, would face the consequences.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Donatus Odi Njoku, the state government therefore ordered all the traditional rulers who want to confer chieftaincy titles to some personalities to apply to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters for approval before conferment of the title.