Ebonyi: Governorship Candidates Accuses Umahi Of Using Ebubeagu To Intimidate Opposition
The call for a free, rule based political activities have been increasing in Ebonyi state amidst incidences of violence on various political candidates.
Governorship candidates of Labour Party (LP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Alliance, (AA), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) have condemned incessant attacks allegedly by operatives of Ebubeagu security outfit on opposition politicians in Ebonyi State.
Addressing newsmen, yesterday, in Abuja, the Coalition of Frontline Governorship Candidates in Ebonyi State accused Governor Dave Umahi of visiting violence on candidates of opposition parties in the state.
The candidates regretted that barely one week after the celebration of the state’s 26th anniversary, strange and unimaginable things have begun to happen. In a communiqué jointly signed by Dr. Edward Nkwegu (LP), Chief Ifeanyi Odii (PDP), Chukwuma Nwandugo (AA); Prof. Bernard Odoh (APGA) and Chief Sunday Opoke (YPP), the coalition urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to call his men in Ebonyi to order and keep to the highest standard of professionalism by refusing to serve the evil intentions of the governor towards the 2023 polls.
Chronicling the various instances of attack, abduction and unexplained disappearance of people, the governorship hopefuls called for immediate disbandment of Ebubeagu security outfit, saying it has turned into a political militia.
They listed the flogging of civil servants, abduction of LP senatorial candidate for Ebonyi South (Linus Okorie), attacks on the APGA governorship candidate (Odoh) and his supporters, teargasing of Obidients and sudden disappearance of Mr. Uzoma Ani, an aide to Odii, as some of the glaring cases of violent intimidation of the opposition.
It, therefore, appealed to the international community, particularly the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and European Union (EU) as well as the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (UK) embassies to investigate the alleged abuse of human rights by Umahi and other key actors in his government.
“We ask the embassies to review their requests for travels, as a strong signal to those who seek to derail our democracy and a demonstration of your commitment to protect human rights and justice,” they said.
While insisting that the incumbent All Progressives Congress government in Ebonyi wants to create a climate of fear to scar away voters and make them helpless, the coalition urged the supporters to remain law-abiding.
The communiqué reads: “We totally condemn the unlawful and dangerous actions of the ruling APC government led by Governor David Umahi to deliberately derail the campaign.
“Leaders of the National Peace Committee should consider the necessity of administering oaths of good conduct and non-violence on Umahi and others contesting elective positions in the state.
“Government and partners should do all within their power to protect Ebonyians and safe-guard the sanctity of the electioneering process in Ebonyi.”
Abia Police Decry Attack On Officers
The Abia State Police Command has alleged that an attack on their men by some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra resulted in the death of five members of the terrorist group.
The claim is contained in a statement by the Command’s PRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, on behalf of Police Commissioner Mustapha Bala.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that five members of the group were shot dead in Osusu Aba on Friday as they were on a procession across Aba.
Some of the residents said the group was protesting peacefully without disturbance.
An eyewitness, Chinomso Aka, said the group was protesting continued detention of the group leader, Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday when the incident happened.
Meanwhile, Bala said, “On March 31, 2023 around 11:45am, policemen in show of force within Aba metropolis came under attack by proscribed IPOB/ESN members.
“They were armed with petrol bombs, machetes, battle axes and other dangerous weapons.
“The attack was repelled by the police operatives with minimal casualties while majority of the hoodlums scampered for safety.
“However, normalcy has returned in the area.”
The Command, therefore, warned any person or group intending to scuttle the relative peace enjoyed in the state to rethink such an idea.
Frank Nweke Jr. Casts Vote, Addresses Reports Of Violence By PDP In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr has cast his vote in Ozalla and addressed newsmen immediately after, citing reports of violence and voter intimidation by the People’s Democratic Party in many parts of Enugu State.
He also revealed that an APGA House of Assembly candidate was attacked and almost killed this morning in Udenu and the five polling units cordoned off by men in security outfits.
Enugu2023: APC Collapses Structure For APGA, Burns Brooms And Party Artefacts
Members of the All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem, Nsukka Local Government Area, have collapsed their structure, vowing to redirect their energy into ensuring the victory of Frank Nweke Jr as the next Governor of Enugu State.
Addressing the community at Afor Ozzi market, the former ward chairman of now defunct All Progressives Congress in Ozzi Edem ward, Hon. Mathew Enete said that their decision was based on the premises that APGA is their own party. They vowed to prove this at the polls on March 11.
The declaration was followed by the burning of brooms and other party artefacts.
In his address, Nweke thanked the Edem people for the warm welcome they accorded him and for aligning with APGA’s core philosophy of shared prosperity – being one’s brothers and sister’s keeper where nobody is left behind.
Nweke assured the people of his commitment to rehabilitate the major road that led to the Edem community, which has remained in terrible condition for decades.
He vowed to ensure that all outstanding pensions are paid and further guarantee the timely and regular payment of pensions and gratuities to retirees.
Nweke therefore urged the people to vote massively for him and other APGA candidates for the State House of Assembly on March 11, so that with his emergence as Governor, he will fulfil his promises to the good people of Enugu State.
He concluded by welcoming the former members of the All Progressives Congress to the All Progressives Grand Alliance, stating that he was confident that God would grant their request for good leadership.