By Our Reporter
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi State has refuted the allegation by the elected members representing Ebonyi citizens in the National Assembly under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accusing Governor David Nweze Umahi of moblizing his political thugs and some suspected cultists with sensitive weapons to attack those not supporting his administrative policies and programmes in the state.
Our correspondent gathered that Ebonyi National Assembly caucus led by Senator Sam Egwu, the sitting Senator representing Ebonyi North zone and the first Executive Governor of the state, held a press conference in Abuja last Tuesday and accused Governor Umahi of arming political thugs and cultists in the guise of Ebubeagu security network to unleash attack on his allleged political enemies in the state.
While reacting to the allegation, the State Chapter of APC in a press conference held on Friday at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference, Centre, Abakaliki, described the allegation by the lawmakers as the highest falsehood, and also challenged them to provide evidence to back their claims.
According to Ebonyi State APC Chairman, the party denied in its entirety the allegations that Governor Umahi distributed weapons to Development Centre Coordinators and other agents of the state government to wage war against the opposition.
“We deny in its entirety the allegations that Gov Umahi distributed weapons to Development Centre Coordinators and other agents of Ebonyi State government and the allegation that Chief Deacon Austin Umahi was addressing a group of people on how to use the weapons against members of the opposition.
“We therefore, call on them to provide the pictorial evidence of the said Officers clutching the guns and the audio evidence of Chief Austin Umahi’s discussion as alleged, otherwise they will be charged for perjury,” the State APC Chairman said.
He said, “the formation, training and handling of security gadgets of the Ebubeagu were all handled and controlled by Nigerian Security Agents who certified their competence at the end of the training, and they also operate under the inspection and supervision of Nigerian Police.
“To that effect, APC led government in Ebonyi State deny the said distribution of arms and ammunition to thugs or cultists as alleged by the wailers.”
While describing the allegation as a disheartening, one, the party unveiled that, “Sen. Dr. Sam Ominyi Egwu who was the Pioneer Chief Security Officer of the State as the First Executive Governor, Former Minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria and a-two term Senator would condescend so low with others to politicise the security situations which is not peculiar to Ebonyi State because of personal interest against 2023 general elections.
“Sen. Egwu as a former Governor should have known better how the system works and advised others accordingly, but it is unfortunate that he has allowed partisan politics, self aggrandizement and aimless quest to remain in power as a Senator beyond 2023 to becloud his sense of proper reasoning.”
The party however, maintained that Governor David Umahi was much committed to developing the State in line with his campaign promises to Ebonyi people, and would not pay attention to any sort of distraction.
Speaking on the allegation of partisanship against the State Commissioner of Police by the PDP federal lawmakers, the APC, said, “to the best of our knowledge, the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, Mr Garba Aliyu with his men and officers of Nigerian Police without fear or favour are efficiently discharging their duties in combatting criminal elements in the State with every sense of professional attachment; we therefore, pass vote of confidence on Nigerian Police and other security agents in Ebonyi State.”