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‘It is very unfortunate that Governor Umahi can descend so low to such a shameless level whereupon he engages in medieval political arrogance and brigandage to talk down on citizens because of his temporary powers which shall soon fizzle out in a few months time’
By Valentine Amanze
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, to order before he commits political harakiri and plunges the state into another round of bloodbath.
The party also commended the Inspector General (IG) of Police, the Director-General of the Directorate of State Security Services and all other security service chiefs for remaining steadfast and patriotic in the discharge of their professional duties by not allowing uninformed and shaddy characters to mislead or misdirect them as they grapple with securing the nation, especially in the election year.
The PDP made the appeal, while reacting to the threat by the state governor to block the convoy of opposition candidates in the state should the security chiefs fail to recall all security operatives attached to them.
In a statement issued by Mr. Abia Onyike, the director, Media and Publicity, PDP Campaign Council, Ebonyi State, the main opposition party condemned the goveror’s outburst.
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It wondered why Governor Umahi, whom it said, had been in the habit of creating tension in the state, was again unraveling his anti-democratic tendencies and anarchic political behaviour at a time all Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari was preaching peace.
“This reckless act of the governor clearly confirms the series of alarms already raised by the PDP and other political parties, who have become cheap target for the unbridled violence unleashed on the state by the government of Governor David Umahi.
“It is very unfortunate that Governor Umahi can descend so low to such a shameless level whereupon he engages in medieval political arrogance and brigandage to talk down on citizens because of his temporary powers which shall soon fizzle out in a few months time. Whether he likes it or not, in a matter of three months, his powers and immunity will desert him. He will become ‘Madu Emuma’ or ‘Madu Mmaka’ (an ordinary person). Power is not only temporary but very transient,” it said.
PDP pointed out that it was not within his purview as a state governor to dictate to the Police or the other security agencies the modalities for discharging their duties. “Lawless dictators and well-known agents of crises should not be allowed to create crisis for disciplined and well trained security personnel in a democracy.
“It is instructive to alert the Nigerian public to the fact that, while Governor Umahi has established a militia group code-named Ebubeagu, which he illegally armed and has since unleashed on the people of Ebonyi State, especially members of the political parties, he has never commented on the atrocities being committed daily by the Ebubeagu militia. He has become frustrated because of his inability to use other security agencies the same way he uses his Ebubeagu militia to torture and destroy his political opponents,” PDP said.
It further alleged that the latest threats of Governor Umahi clearly highlighted and attested to his political infantilism, anarchism and pre-bendalism, which it said, had made Ebonyi State the most terrorized state in Southern Nigeria in recent times.
It also alleged that the governor has emptied the state treasury to buy vehicles to bribe all manners of people, including councillors and some security personnel, while urging him to give account of the N10 billion he has been collecting as Security votes quarterly.
“And why is it that Ebonyi State has witnessed this tremendous boost in crimes and killings since he, Umahi, came to power in 2015?”