Irked by the political war raging between Governor Dave Umahi and former Senate president Anyim Pius Anyim, Senator Sam Egwu, among others, the Ebonyi State Founding Fathers’ Forum has initiated moves to find a lasting solution to the quagmire.
reports that some political bigwigs in the state had been at loggerheads in the aftermath of the defection of Gov Umahi to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. They had accused and counter-accused each other of all kinds of atrocities, including murder, hence heightening political tension in the state.
The founding fathers, after their meeting held at the Catholic Bishop’s Court, Abakaliki, resolved that, “There should be no further war of words among the leaders, both in print, electronics and the social media, as well as other places.”
In the communiqué signed by a former governor of the state and presiding chairman of the forum, Dr Martin Elechi, and the forum’s secretary, Dr Boniface Chima, the forum also agreed to work for peace in the state, and “Enjoined their supporters to cease fire and say nothing that will endanger this peace process initiated by the founding fathers.”
Governor Dave Umahi, senators Anyim Pius Anyim and Sam Egwu; His Lordship Most Rev Michael Okoro, the Catholic bishop of Abakaliki, and Rev Fr Abraham Nwali, the state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, were at the meeting.
The founding fathers that attended the meeting are former governor Martins Elechi, Senator Chris Nwankwo, Senator Anyim Ude, Dr Boniface Chima, Chief Cyril Otu, Chief Felix Mgbada, Prof Selina Oko, Eze John Nwenyi, Osuu Oduko Sylvester, Dr Ben Igwenyi, Chief Hyacinth Ikpor, Chief Egwu Chima, Hon Marcel Nwokporo, Chief Rogers Okpani, and Chief Chuks Oje.
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