- Elders Council warns Ebonyi APC guber candidate against inciting violence•
- BY STANLEY AHUKANNA in Abakaliki•
Traditional Rulers’ council of Ebonyi North zone has endorsed the re-election of the Senator representing the zone in the National Assembly and first civilian governor of the state, Senator Sam Egwu.
Also endorsed for re-election by the traditional rulers is the member representing Abakaliki/Izzi federal constituency, on. Sylvester Ogbaga and his counterpart, Hon. Chukuma Nwazunku, representing Ebonyi/Ohaukwu federal constituency in the National Assembly. Ebonyi North comprises four LGAs of Abakaliki, Ebonyi, Izzi and Ohaukwu.
Traditional Rulers in a brief ceremony held at the instance of the entire Traditional Rulers from the zone on Friday notified the three Lawmakers of their endorsement.
At the event that took place at the compound of the Chairman of Ebonyi Traditional Ruler Council, HRH Eze John Oketa, the Monarchs said their resolve to endorse the trio was informed by their excellent performances in office.
They eulogised the Lawmakers over what they described as effective representation of the zone in the National Assembly.
Those who spoke including the Chairmen of Traditional Rulers of Izzi, Ohaukwu, Ebonyi and Abakaliki, HRH Eze Ogbonnaya Ukwa, HRH Eze John Oge, HRH Eze Sunday Oketa and HRH Fidelis Nwonu respectively, said the zone has witnessed tremendous development and empowerment of youths courtesy of the trio.
Speaking in a separate interviews, Egwu, Ogbaga and Nwazunku thanked the Monarchs for the confidence reposed on them and assured they would not let them down if re-elected in the February 16th National Assembly election in the country.
Meanwhile, the Association of Town Union Presidents in Ebonyi North has thrown its weight behind the re-election of Egwu and the state governor, David Umahi.
The group announced their decision when they paid a courtesy calls to Egwu in his Umebe country home in Ohaukwu LGA of the state.
Among the town presidents who spoke including the President of Ameku-Okposhi autonomous community in Ohaukwu LGA, and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ebonyi State Association of Town Union Presidents, Hon. Simon Ogo Onwe, noted that their support for Egwu was due to his styling performances in the National Assembly.
In another development, the Elders Council of the Divine Mandate Organisation has warned the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Senator Sunny Ogbuorji, against stoking violence that could jeopardise the existing peace in the state.
The Elders handed down the warning while reacting to the attempted disruption of PDP Governorship rally in Afikpo South by hoodlums suspected to be thugs working for the APC on Thursday.
The hoodlums allegedly attacked some members of PDP including the former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mrs. Dorothy Obasi.
Chief Fidelis Nwankwo, who read the text of the briefing, alleged that some opposition elements in APC, led by Senator Ogbuorji, were instigating crises and mayhem, which is threatening the peace and tranquillity of the state.
“Law abiding citizens were molested, beaten and harassed by these street urchins. Wanton destruction was also inflicted on vehicles and property of PDP faithful whose only crime was to express their freedom of association and political affiliation”, the council explained.
According to them, they condemn without reservation the violent approach that has been adopted by the APC in Ebonyi state to what should be a contest of ideas and not of sticks, stones, Cutlasses and guns.
They noted that violent destruction of posters across the state by APC thugs; with particular concentration within the Abakaliki capital territory was a matter of immense concern to the elders of the state.
They however, warned that the provocation should stop forthwith to avoid plunging our society into unnecessary state of anarchy.
The elders who expressed concerns over the rumour that votes running into hundreds of thousands have already been allocated to APC guber candidate in Ebonyi state and the speculation that results of the forthcoming elections would be written either prior or during the elections thereby disenfranchising the voters of Ebonyi state, warned INEC and security agencies that the preparation of such electoral fraud will be met with total resistance in Ebonyi State.