Stakeholders and elders drawn from across the 13 local government area of Ebonyi state have unanimously announced their withdrawal in the transition arrangement being put together by Governor Martin Elechi citing reckless statement from the governor as reason and at the same time accused the governor of planning to truncate the inauguration of the governor-elect, Engr. Dave Umahi.
The stakeholders and elders mainly stalwarts of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, while announcing their withdrawal at a press briefing in Abakaliki said they noted with dismay and disappointment the sudden outburst attributed to Chief Elechi on the outcome of the last governorship election in the state and wished to state that the action of the governor did not depict him as a statesman and man of peace.
These eminent stakeholders however, stated that the only ceremony they would participate would be the administration of oath of office on the governor-elect just as they maintained that they would only make a U-turn if they are assured and convinced that Elechi’s conduct from henceforth shall be based on absolute good faith and his underhanded manipulation halted.
They recalled that Chief Elechi had last Sunday in a church service told the world that the elections in Ebonyi on March 28, and April 11, 2015 were fraudulent and that Ebonyi people were not rejoicing.
The stakeholders who wonder why the same governor who had praised the outcome of the elections now turned round to discredit the elections just to ensure he created an atmosphere of disharmony and disaffection before the inauguration; adding that they were already aware of his plan to truncate the inauguration of the new administration by instigating crisis on the inauguration day.
They further noted that the governor’s remarks and threats were capable of inciting violence and bloodshed and therefore appealed to him to take few days remaining in his administration to seek the face of God and refrain from utterances capable of instigating avoidable crisis.
Some of the signatories to the press statement include the former deputy governor, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu; Senator Ngiji Ngele; former Secretary to State Government, Prof. Ozo Nweke Ozo; Chairman Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, Chief Okeagu Ogada; former Minister of Power And Steel, Chief Godwin Ogbaga; former Nigeria Ambassador to Greece, Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and the former Minister of Education, Dr. Igwe Ajanwachukwu among others.