Just in a week’s time after the decamping of Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi from the PDP to the APC, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has urged the House of Assembly to commence his impeachment process.
The AESID group said there was a substantial breach of the Nigerian constitution and subsisting Supreme Court verdicts, which insist that a state governor cannot defect to another political party unless there is an internal leadership wrangling fictionalization.
According to a statement released on Sunday, Paschal Oluchukwu, the AESID President, wondered the type of crisis that forced Governor Dave Umahi out of the People’s Democratic Party.
“Given the preceding breaches of the fundamental rights of citizens of our dear State, therefore, and the potentialities of same to plunge Ebonyi into a serious political crisis, a threat we had foreseen and consistently cautioned Umahi about, AESID boldly urges the lawmakers to commence impeachment proceedings against the Governor immediately.
“We make this call due to our belief and understanding of Umahi as a brutal dictator who is ready to set our dear State on fire in pursuit of his ego-laced interests. Like we have always reiterated, Ebonyi belongs to all of us, and one man’s personal ambition and interest cannot plunge the rest of the State which our fore-fathers labored for many years into crises of monumental proportion.”
Oluchukwu declared that Ebonyi could not be set aflame simply because Umahi wants to “protect his wealth” with the pretense of running for the land’s highest office.
The AESID group condemned Governor Dave Umahi for the subtle threats to and the state legislators and his appointees.
The group also cited the suspension of Hon. Victor Aleke from the legislature “for keeping fate with the mandate given him by his people of Ebonyi North-West constituency.”
It accused Governor Umahi of deliberately creating the People’s Democratic Party’s rancor to get state lawmakers to defect with him to the All Progressive Congress.
The statement hailed the party (PDP) leadership for dissolving the Governor Umahi-dominated Local Governments, Wards, zonal Executives of the Party and constituting a Caretaker Committee and State.
The AESID maintained it was not surprised by Governor Dave Umahi’s actions. It referred to videos wherein he boasted of being 100 percent All Progressive Congress and 0.01 PDP.
“For us in AESID, his defection is only a manifestation of his true character-an ingrate, a traitor, and a betrayer all combined into one. This is why we, and indeed the majority of sincere people in the South East region, find it absolutely benumbing the claim by Governor Umahi that he is protesting against the injustices meted out to the South-East, hence, his defection to the APC.
“We only wish to reiterate that his eventual decamping to the APC has further exposed his known penchant for pretenses and hypocrisy, greed and insatiable lust for power. The rest of Nigerians can, therefore, now see that going by his recent vituperations of calling elders his ‘children,’ Umahi is a brutal dictator who has no respect, honour, and dignity for the next human around him except to use men and women like unserviceable ‘machines’ during the industrial age,” the statement concluded.
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