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Ban on Journalists: Call Umahi to order, Ebonyi indigenes tell PDP leaders

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been asked to call the governor of Ebonyi State Engr. Dave Umahi, to order against the backdrop of the recent ban placed on two Journalists in the state and other misgovernance capable of demarketing the party.

A group, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP must caution the governor against maladministration and moves capable of dwindling the fortunes of the party in Ebonyi in the future elections.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Chairman of the group, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, said the PDP has a duty to caution its Ebonyi State governor against what he described as “undemocratic practices and ensure that his actions, on behalf of the party, do not undermine its enviable democratic credentials.”

Oluchukwu, who is a political activist, insisted that the recent actions and inaction of governor Umahi is capable of bringing misfortune to the PDP.

“The recent disgraceful and most unwarranted ban placed on two Journalists deployed to cover Ebonyi State by the management of Vanguard and The Sun Newspapers respectively is not ideal of a Democratic Party which PDP represent.

“The Journalists were being punished not because of their incompetence but because they have demonstrated independent reasoning and have refused to be corrupted or intimidated on the discharge of their duties.

“The PDP needs to caution Governor Dave Umahi against making unguarded and careless utterances capable of undermining the democratic gains of the party in the state.

“People will not forget in a hurry the example of the gag order issued by Umahi to the Civil Servants in the state recently not to speak out against any government policy however unpopular, the governor threatened to risk to fire such public officer from the Civil Service job.

“We call on the national leadership of the PDP to rise up to the challenges imposed on its peculiar position to rein on the governor and ensure that he remains respectful of democratic norms in leading the government and people of Ebonyi state on its behalf.

“We believe that for the PDP to safeguard its democratic reputations it must not overlook obvious disrespect for the rule of law and must therefore brings Governor Dave Umahi to book, and caution his approach. You can not halt freedom of speech, or ban Journalists from going about their constitutional rights. If the PDP refuses to caution Governor Umahi, he will mortgage the Ebonyi state to the APC; and we all know what that means for the 2023 general elections.” The group said.

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