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Ebonyi APC inaugurates committee for membership revalidation

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Ruth Oginyi

All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi state chapter, on Monday, set up state and local government area caretaker committee members for the party Revalidation and Registration exercise in the state.

Governor David Umahi inaugurated the committee during an APC stakeholders meeting held at the Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.

Addressing the party members, Umahi said the southeast zone had banned open grazing of cattle and movement of cows by foot, appealing to leaders in the zone to exhibit patriotism in their conduct to guarantee the unity of the country. He warned that nobody should play politics with the security situation in the country.

According to Umahi, “We are living in a dangerous time, without patriotism to our nation Nigeria, it is very difficult to have a peaceful time.”

“Governors of South East have been calling on our leaders to speak out on the security of the zone and unity of Nigeria. I read on paper where someone said he was giving governors of South East seven days to ban open grazing. The governors of the southeast had banned open grazing and movement of cows by foot into South East. In each of the states of the South East, we are managing ourselves well.”

“Security is not political; what is demanded of the leaders is to put up programmes that favour the people and foster national unity.”

Gov. Umahi declared his support for the call to flush out criminal elements from forests across the nation to boost the security of the country.

“In our forests today, we have the kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, all sorts of criminals. Anybody staying in the forest is taking a risk. When we say that people should move out of the forests, it is for their safety and security. So, I support that kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, and bandits should be flushed out of our forests.”

He thanked stakeholders of the APC for attending the meeting and observing the COVID-19 protocol, insisting that the state remained APC.

“Let me thank our leaders for their commitment to the welfare of our party. Ebonyi state is complete and Ebonyi state is APC.”

Earlier, the acting chairman of APC in the state, Chief Stanley Emegha, said the meeting was convened to find a way of upgrading the membership of the party in the state and called on the stakeholders to support the exercise to fully reintegrate the state to the next level.

“We have made it clear that Ebonyi is APC and the national (headquarters) will be expecting us to prove it.”

Inaugurating the state and local government area caretaker committee members of the exercise, the shairman of the exercise in Ebonyi state, Chief Chima Onyekwere, expressed hope that the exercise of membership Revalidation and Registration would produce an Igbo President in 2023.

He appealed to local government chairmen to collaborate with the caretaker committees to ensure the success of the exercise in their areas.

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