…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Barely one week after Francis Nwifuru assumed office as the new Governor of Ebonyi State, an association of Ebonyi indigenes residing abroad, known as the Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in the Diaspora (AEISCID), has called on him to assert full control over his government or step down from his position.
The group alleges that the former governor, David Umahi, continues to clandestinely influence the affairs of the state.
This lack of visible governance and delayed appointment of key officials has raised concerns among the electorate.
Demand for Withdrawal of Security and Investigation:
AEISCID has urged the Inspector General of Police to immediately withdraw the security team assigned to the former governor, while requesting that anti-graft agencies conduct a thorough investigation into Umahi’s administration in Ebonyi State.
The group fears that if Governor Nwifuru continues to operate under the shadow of Umahi, democracy in Ebonyi may be compromised.
Allegations of Umahi’s Involvement:
According to the statement issued by AEISCID, it is disconcerting that one week after taking the oath of office, the electorate of Ebonyi State has yet to witness any tangible evidence of governance, including the appointment of essential cabinet members.
Reports indicate that Umahi, the previous governor, has been seen inspecting ongoing projects in the state, suggesting his continued influence.
AEISCID has also learned that Umahi attempted to dictate the appointment of the Secretary to the Ebonyi State Government to Governor Nwifuru, a proposal that was allegedly rejected.
Call for Security Forces to Withdraw:
Expressing concern over potential security breaches and constitutional crises, AEISCID has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Chief of Army Staff to recall their officers and personnel assigned to Umahi.
The group believes that such a move is necessary to prevent confusion and maintain the stability of the state.
The Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in the Diaspora (AEISCID) has openly challenged Governor Nwifuru of Ebonyi State to assert his authority and govern independently, accusing the former governor, David Umahi, of exerting behind-the-scenes control.
The group has called for the withdrawal of Umahi’s security team and an investigation into his administration.
AEISCID emphasizes the importance of maintaining democracy and avoiding potential security crises in Ebonyi State.
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