Ebonyi 2015 Gober: Is Gov. Elechi Losing His Mind?

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The current political atmosphere in Ebonyi State is socked in tension

with many of the observers shouting in bewilderment as to how the

political alignments that held many as enemies and some as friends

could all of a sudden break.
Right now, there exist two political groups. One is the protagonists

of the consensus candidature of the immediate past Minister of Health,

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu which has the evident blessing of the

incumbent governor Martin Nwancho Elechi. The other group is made up

of the antagonists of the Elechi's endorsement. The development has

sharply turned around the alignments in the state such that even some

politicians who were not in talking terms have united to stop the

governor from going ahead with what they call political

highhandedness. It is akin to war against a common enemy.

The incumbent deputy governor of the State, Engineer David Umahi's

growing followership is the benefactor of the circumstances. His

campaign office has turned a beehive of activities like it is the

PDP's State secretariat. Even those Umahi might have stepped on their

toes as the State PDP chairman while labouring to midwife the 2011

governorship elections that gave Elechi the second tenure have shelved

that aside and jumped into the boat speeding against the Elechi's

The turn of events has reverberated many bits and pieces including

the issues about the N15 billion Bond the Elechi-led government is

seeking from the Nigerian Stock Exchange with the Speaker of the State

house of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chukwuma Nwzunku, before now seen as a

stooge of Elechi boldly writing to President Goodluck Jonathan asking

him to stop Elechi from securing the Bond. The Speaker is insisting

that the governor should account for the N16billion Bond his

administration first took than asking for another N15 billion Bond at

the twilight of the administration. The Chief Press Secretary to the

Governor, Dr. Onyekachi Eni had labored to brief the press as to how

the N16 billion Bond was spent but the House of Assembly is saying

that accounts of that nature should not be given on pages of newspaper

but through the appropriate committees of the House with the deserved

details. Or is anybody hiding somthing? with erThe wave against the

governor's bid is such that he tends to have been embattled hence he

recently declared that the situation was like a boat in a stormy sea.

He said it was militarization of the polity alleging that policemen

were imported into the state.
Keen observers of the imbroglio however query how the governor who is

the chief security officer of the state could be talking of

importation of police like he has lost control of the machinery of

The questions further raged during the weekend when Elechi lost his

temperament on the occasion of a rally the state government organized

in support of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's second term bid. The

governor threw caution to wind referring to his deputy governor, Umahi

as an armed robber and sorts of unprintable foul language for the fact

that Umahi is contesting for the governorship against the wish of his

boss, Elechi. Even as no one had excused the governor for that act

some adduce that he was so infuriated by the sudden interweave such

that even his supposed political allies who were invited to the

occasion tailored to demonstrate to President Jonathan that he was in

charge of the state's political structure failed to honour their

invitation to the rally for the reason of the allegation that he,

Elechi has thrown up impunity in his approach to the 2015 governorship

election, so set the ruling PDP into a divide, and losing a greater

chunk of the party faithful to his deputy. More so, the solidarity

rally held with the visible absence of a number of key stakeholders in

the area including the former governor of the state, Dr. Sam Ominyi

Egwu and the 2015 governorship aspirants. Only the former Minister

of Health, Professor Onyebuchi C hukwu, the governor Elechi's choice

candidate for the governorship was at the event. Others who were

noticeably absent at the rally include, Senator Paulinus Igwe Nwagu,

all the PDP House of Assembly members loyal to Speaker Chukwuma

Nwazunku, and many of the National Assembly members.

The verbal attack of the deputy governor which has thrown up questions

as to why he could so show aggression against his deputy in the public

in a programme broadcast live in television and radio stations has put

to question the essence of the attitudinal change policy of the

government and the personality of the governor. Watchers of the

situation said it was undemocratic and most unexpected of an elderly

governor to have publicly referred to his deputy as an armed robber, a

man he had described as all conquering Dave Umahi and chose him as his

running mate in 2011. Anyway,a second Republic Senator, Ofia Nwali

had while reacting to the approach of Elechi in the 2015 elections

said that the policy of attitudinal change would not need to be

assessed by radio announcement but would be felt when it is really in

Just last week, no fewer than 50 thugs suspected to be having been led

by the Youth Leader of the State branch of PDP, Comrade Chinedu Ogah,

a close political ally, bite dog of the governor attacked the

official residence of the state house of assembly Speaker Chukwuma

Nwazunku. It was gathered that the thugs forcefully invaded into the

speaker's residence and ordered his relatives including the wife,

children and residential servants to park out from the official lodge.

Properties including money were allegedly stolen. The Police Public

relations Officer of the state police command, Asp Chris Anyanwu

confirmed the attack adding that the police have arrested some of the

thugs, Comrade Ogah and some members of the house of assembly for

allegedly leading the gangsters to ransack the speaker's residence.

The state government has till date not said anything about that act of

violence. Yet someone is talking of militarization and cannot point at

any act of violence from the camp of the antagonist of the

endorsement/ impunity of the government against a greater number of

the Ebonyi PDP family.
As the political situation tightened against the governor, he, Elechi

last week sacked , the wife of one of the PDP's governorship aspirant

, Mrs. Eucheria Nwali and 27 others local council officers. Sources

close to Government House Abakaliki revealed that the sack of the

council officers, being among the 64 Development Centres Coordinators

established in the 13 substantive council areas may not be unconnected

to the crisis in the State Chapter of the People's
Democratic Party where those opposed to endorsement of the

governorship aspirant of the governor were seen as opposition

elements aganist the government. The announcement of the sack of the

Coordinators was signed by the State Commissioner for Local Government

and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Celestine Nwali, the most recent

political anchor man of Elechi. The suspicion is that the governor may

also sack some of his commissioners especially those believed to be

supportive of Umahi.
Already, the Clerk of the house of assembly, Mrs. Rose Nwokporo,

younger sister to the wife of the governor has been relieved of his

position, obviously because she is on the part of Nwazunku.

How these things will eventually play out remains to be seen. For now

the visible thing is that many more have been angered including the

sacked Coordinators, the sacked Clerk of the house of assembly, and

prominent Ebonyi leaders of thought who feel that they should have

been consulted in the making of the successor of Elechi. Such include

Dr. Sam Egwu who handed power to Elechi, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim,

Ambassador Frank Ogbewu, Senator Ofia Nwali, Senator Igwe Nwagu,

Senator Ngiji Ngele, members of federal House of Representatives, the

aggrieved 11 members of the house of assembly etcetera etcetera .

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