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Ebonyi founding fathers reconcile Umahi, Anyim, Egwu

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By Ruth OginyiThe founding fathers of Ebonyi state, Southeast Nigeria, have waded into the war of words between the Governor of the state, Engr. David Umahi and some political leaders in the state. The founding fathers called for an end to the verbal war involving Governor Umahi, Senator Pius Anyim, Senator Sam Egwu, and others, which have brought political tension in the state since the defection of Umahi to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The meeting was held on Saturday, at the pastoral centre, mile 50, with Bishop Michael Okoro, Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese; Governor Umahi, Sen Anyim, Dr Egwu, Chief Martin Elechi, Senator Chris Nwankwo, among others.  Umahi had accused Anyim, Egwu and Obinna Ogba of fueling the crisis in the state.

The founding fathers’ forum of the state, in a communique signed by the chairman and former governor of the state, Chief Martin Elechi, and the secretary, Dr Boniface Chima, called for unity among the political leaders.

The communique reads in part: “Following the great concern arising from the war of words ranging between the governor, Chief David Umahi, and Senator Ayim Pius Anyim, Dr Sam Egwu, the founding fathers decided to mediate to broker peace.”Consequently, a meeting was held on Saturday, 9th January 2021, at the Catholic Bishop’s Court, Abakaliki. The meeting was attended by the governor, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and Dr Ominyi Sam Egwu.

His Lord Bishop Micheal Okoro, the Catholic  Bishop of Abakaliki, and Rev. Fr Abraham Nwali, the state chairman of CAN.At the end of the meeting, the meeting arrived at the following resolutions: “There should be no further war of words among the leaders both in print, electronic, and social media and other places.”We all agree to work for peace and security of the state. We enjoin their supporters to cease fire and to do or say nothing that will endanger the peace and process initiated by the founding fathers.

Speaking to journalists in Uburu on Tuesday, the governor cautioned his supporters to abide by the directive of the founding fathers. He called on the other political leaders to urge their supporters to also cease-fire“I am sure you must be aware that for peace to reign among all political parties in the state that a meeting was organised by the founding fathers; Catholic Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese, Nnachi Okoro, and CAN and interacted with myself, Senator Anyim Pius and Senator Dr Sam Egwu.

“You have gotten the outcome of that meeting and they said we should cease-fire, but I am using this opportunity to further advised all our supporters and state officials not to attack any of these dignitaries for me. I have moved on, and I have left everything in the hands of God.

“I accept the peace that was initiated by the founding fathers, our Lord Bishop, and the CAN.  Nobody has the future of the others; our destiny is in the hands of God but the advice is that for them to be reminded, both of them and those from outside that so far, they are attacking the government and attacking my person, our supporters may not take it lightly.

So, it must be balanced. Let’s face our parties and our governance, and let’s stop attacking personalities. This is very important.” 

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