The Executive Chairman of Edda local government area of Ebonyi State has berated youth organization, “Umuekumenyi Equity Youth Front” for kicking against the appointment of the former governor, Senator David Umahi as Minister-designate.
Recall that Senator Umahi was among the first batch of ministers appointed by President Bola Tinubu, and has been screened by the senate.
It was gathered that the youth group had in a statement signed by its President and secretary general; Prince Nelson Igboke and Comrade Nwekeoyo Darlington respectively, rejected Umahi’s Choice as minister.
The group in the statement, called on President Tinubu to withdraw the ministerial position given to Umahi to another prominent person of Umuekumenyi, which comprises Ebonyi Central and North senatorial zones.
They described the Ministerial appointment given to Senator Umahi by President Tinubu as a threat to peace, Unity and justice in Ebonyi state, adding that it is the turn of Umuekumenyi to produce the next Minister and not from Ebonyi South senatorial zone.
According to them the South senatorial zone of Ebonyi state has held the ministerial position for over twelve years.
Reacting to the statement, the Chairman of Edda LGA, Prince Ekuma Nkama Chima who spoke to newsmen in Abakaliki, on Wednesday while responding to the group, described them as jobless youths who are out to destabilize the relative peace, unity, and progress existing between the three senatorial zones of the state.
He said: “We don’t want these few jobless youths, who are under something, because I strongly believe that Umuekumenyi can’t oppose the former governor, Senator David Umahi’s appointment as minister.
“Few people who maybe, are the haters of Umahi have decided to come in the disguise of ‘Umuekumenyi’ Equity Youth Front’ with this kind of movement to oppose him (Umahi). I don’t actually believe that they are from Umuekumenyi.
“Before now, we don’t judge appointments on whether you are from Ebonyi North, Ebonyi Central, or Ebonyi South senatorial zone. The position we rotate is governorship position and not on Ministerial appointments” he stated.
However, applauded the cordial relationship existing between the state governor, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru and Senator David Umahi warned that people should desist from causing breach of peace and unity in the state.
The LGA Boss further extolled Governor Nwifuru, for relating cordially with the Chairmen of the thirteen (13) local government areas, increasing salaries of civil servants and promoting peace and order in the various communities of the state, which some are rocked by communal clashes.
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