A youth-based political organisation under the aegis of Ebonyi Solidarity Movement (ESM) has appealed to Gov. Dave Umahi to ensure that his successor emerged in a fair and free contest in 2023 general elections.
The youths also demanded for fair, free , transparent and democratic selection of aspirants that would fly the flags of APC in the various elective positions in 2023.
The movement made the appeal in an open letter to the governor dated April 10, 2022 a copy was made available to SUMMITNEWS on Monday in Abakaliki.
The letter copied to Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and four other National Working Committee (NWC) members was jointly signed by Mr Peter Oyon, it’s National coordinator and Mr Chijoke Ogah, national secretary among others.
The group urged the governor to disregard the purported endorsement of Mr Francis Nwifuru, Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly by traditional rulers of Izzi extraction and work towards achieving the emergence of his successor in free, fair and open contest.
The youths frowned at the current political unfolding in the state noting that the transition process provided another opportunity for the governor to engrave his name on the anals of history.
The body extolled the infrastructural development and human capital development under the current administration.
It therefore said that the governor should intervene to stave off possible crisis that the alleged endorsement of the speaker was capable generating in Ebonyi chapter of APC.
The letter read: “Your Excellency, we are worried over the recent endorsement ochestrated by people who are mainly appointees of your government even when the zoning committee constituted by APC was yet to submit her report.
“We welcome the idea of constitition of the zoning committee by the party and wish they hasten up the assignment to submit their report.
“The situation in the state viz-a-viz choosing of candidates especially governorship candidate should be by dialogues and proper consultations.
“Your Excellency has once said that you are neutral on the choice of your successor and we will like you to maintain that stance.
“The action of traditional rulers who are under the control of state government and some of your appointees endorsing Nwifuru is omenious and sends wrong signals.
“They should be called to order to restore confidence and avert impending crisis within the ranks of the party.
“We see the alleged endorsement as an affront to the party and to all known party apparatchik which is capable of polarising APC in Ebonyi and cause unrest in our peaceful state.
“This is a transition era that deserves all carefullness to avoid acts capable of undermining the party and all that you have worked hard to achieve.”
The youths advocated for wider dialogues and consultations with aspirants for different elective positions in the APC to ensure emergence of acceptable concensus candidates across board.
“But, where it is not possible for concensus to emerge, a credible primaries should be conducted to select the candidate or candidates as that is the only roadmap to victory in APC and peace in our state,” the group said.