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Ebonyi 2023: Zoning won’t count group declares

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Ahead of 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi state, some indigenes of the state under the platform of Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) have said that competence and credibility will determine who emerge the next governor and not zoning.

The association implored Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the state and seek out for only those who can reverse the negative indices.

In a statement signed and released to newsmen on Sunday by its President, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, urged the people to ignore “paid political permutators, jobbers and hatchets men mislead, misdirect or misinform Ebonyi people as they battle to choose a credible and competent leader who would take-over the baton as Governor David Nweze Umahi’s successor.”

The association was reacting to an opinion piece by one Sunday Okwerike- one of the Izhi youngsters on social media who lamented that the rest of Ebonyians should probably leave the battle of Umahi’s successor in 2023 to only his Izhi clan.

But while responding to the development, the AESID said Ebonyi people will also not support to be elected into the office of Governor in 2023, any leader or persons who have records of having been used particularly by the Umahi administration to dispense mindless violence on Ebonyians with many of such leading to deaths of the young and elderly.

“First, AESID wishes to assert that the number one criteria which we implore every Ebonyian and lover our dear State to seek out in any intending aspirant or candidate is COMPETENCE and CREDIBILITY which would ultimately translate into such a leader’s capacity to reverse the numerous growing negative statistics and economic woes that the current government of Umahi has brought upon our dear State.

“Apart from the incontrovertible fact that there has never been a time when the rest of the zones in the State allowed only aspirants and candidates from a particular part of the State to seek the Governorship office in keeping with the so-called unwritten charter of equity, power as such pundits and analysts should be made to know only comes from above and it is never given but taken.

“Much more than the zone of an aspirant, AESID would, we reiterate implore Ebonyi people to continue to study the records in and out of office of any contender and place same side-by-side with the prevailing challenges facing the young State and seek out for only those who can reverse the negative indices.

“We, as a group has variously raised the alarm over the rising poverty in the State which has placed us in a woeful third position among the 36 States of the federation and whoever wish to succeed Umahi must not only be worried about this ugly trend but have the feasible prognosis to proffer credible solutions to them.”

According to Oluchukwu, the government of Engr. Umahi has remained a family business with capital flights being the order of the day.

“Governor Umahi boasts that he knows even the costs of production and supply of ordinary nails, all because he is the sole supplier all to and by himself and his family. This is why the government has placed higher premium on concrete roads, flyovers and decorative water fountains cum lights over and above the economic survival of a greater number of Ebonyians. Come 2023, Ebonyi people should choose, follow, support and elect a leader who would run an all-inclusive government that would see humans as humans and not as machines.

“It is our firm believe that the economic prosperity of Ebonyi people is more important than the antiquated zoning of political positions that would not afford us to put our best foot forward as Umahi’s successor in 2023. More so, our people will not elect any leader who has shown manifest greed and looting of previously or presently occupied public office, neither would we encourage them to support anyone hanging on the shoulders of any leader who has vaults in his massive country-home wherein he’s been saving looted public funds.

“Only people with records of genuine love and peace for all Ebonyians who have not shown manifest discriminations should be supported and elected into office in 2023.

Finally, we caution politicians against any sponsored divisive articles or positions that may cost Ebonyi the opportunity of redeeming its vanishing image and glory caused by Umahi’s rapacious greed, selfishness and extremisms against our people. AESID rather urge Ebonyi people to remain watchful, vigilant and determined to right the many awful wrongs of the Umahi administration despite Party and self-interests come, 2023 elections.”

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EBONYI MUSLIMS EXTOL GOVERNOR UMAHI’S PATRIOTISM , ASKS HIM TO OFFER HIMSELF FOR GREATER NATIONAL SERVICE.

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The Muslim Community in Ebonyi State has extolled the leadership qualities and sense of commitment to nation unity exhibited by the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE ( Akubaraoha) in the last six years. The group made this declaration when they paid a Sallah visit to the Governor of Ebonyi at the State Executive Council Chambers, old Government House Abakaliki.

The group affirmed their resolve to support the programmes and policies of the administration of Governor Umahi describing him as dynamic and foresighted leader who has brought unprecedented transformation in Ebonyi State.

In a Communiqué signed by the Council of Ulama and Leaders of Muslim Forum Ebonyi State Chapter, the group passed a Vote of Confidence on the Governor and urged him to offer himself for greater national service in the interest of national development.

In his response, the Governor represented by his Deputy, His Excellency Barr. Eric Kelechi Igwe PhD commended the Muslim Community for the well thought Communique and the warm sentiments rendered by them on the modest achievements of his administration. He further appreciated them for their promise of commitment to the security of the state and urged them to assist security agencies and the State government by giving information on any form of threat to the peace and security of the state.The five- point Communiqué reads:

We the members of the Muslim Forum, Ebonyi State hereby resolve as follows;

1. That we as Muslims and peace loving Nigerians pass a vote of confidence on the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE FNATE (Akubaraoha)

2. That we have resolved as a group to provide security reports to the Chief Security Officer of Ebonyi State, who is the Governor at any time we observe any security threat as a support for his good governance.

3. That we shall stop anyone or group of people who in any form attempt to undermine the security of the state or destroy the infrastructure put in place by our dear Governor.

4. That we appreciate His Excellency’s dynamism and foresightedness in leadership, hence, his Party (APC) is our party and his enemy, we shall abhore.

5. That we plead with His Excellency, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi to make himself available for National Service in 2023, in Shaa Allah.

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PICTORIAL : Umahi’s Example Of Good Governance

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“The biggest College of Medicine in
Africa been built by the Ebonyi state
government & being equipped with
the latest technology to bring
medical tourism to Nigeria is
nearing completion.

This is in addition to a state of the
art international airport also nearing
completion & countless first class
economic, social & developmental
infrastructures started & completed
in the state in the last 5 years
making Ebonyi one of the most
beautiful states in Nigeria today.

Ebonyi state is not an oil producing
state & before Umahi came, was
about the poorest state in Nigeria. It
is still among the lowest revenue
earners from FAAC allocations.

So, what changed?

It is not the constitution or structure
of Nigeria that was changed to
achieve this unprecedented
development in the state.

It is the vision, prudence, massive
investment in agriculture, integrity & sincerity of purpose of the state governor, Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE” – Michael Ogueke

 

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Former Minister Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan aka ‘Mama Taraba’ Dies, Aged 61

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Former Minister for Women Affairs and ex-Governorship Candidate in Taraba State, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan,  is dead.

According to media reports she died in a hospital on Friday in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 61.

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’, Ms Alhassan was born on September 16, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State.

She was the first female to be appointed Taraba Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and also the first woman to be appointed as Secretary FCT judicial council on 17 December 2003.

She was appointed in 2015 to the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari after his election.

Mama Taraba

Mama Taraba resigned as the Minister on July 27, 2018 after the ruling APC screening committee disqualified her from the 2019 governorship primaries.

She was unanimously declared as the candidate for March 2019 Taraba State gubernatorial election under UDPafter the other candidate stepped down in her bid.

She is widely known as “Mama Taraba”, because of her increased influence in the politics of her state.

She actively supported the Taraba State Football Association.

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