A group known as the Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Ebonyi State has vowed to use all legal and legitimate means to checkmate Governor David Umahi’s abuse of human rights, oppression and lawlessness in the state.
The group in a statement endorsed by the Coordinator, Chief Abia Onyike which was made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, said it was poised to unearth the governor’s anti-social and economic oppression of all categories of workers in the state.
The group maintained that it was high time the expose was done in order to let Nigerians know that the state had been turned into a slave camp by Gov. Umahi.
The group noted that no civil servant in the state has been paid his gratuities for the six years that Gov. Umahi had been holding sway as the governor of Ebonyi State.
“The civil society coalition has investigated Gov. Umahi’s subterranean infiltration into opposition political parties, the bullying of his critics and the intimidation of the judiciary/judiciary staff which manifested in the recent interrogation of a magistrate in the state judiciary for granting bail to an official of an opposition political party.
“Gov. Umahi must drop his secret and open sponsorship of political hirelings to undermine rival political parties in the state. It is an act of political criminality for democratically elected leaders to spend public funds to undermine the legitimate existence of opposition political parties in a democratic society.
“Recall that Gov. Umahi sometime in 2020 stated openly that he will sponsor crisis in the opposition party and while the crisis persisted, he will be sipping his champagne.
“These are the issues the civil society coalition will deal with because Umahi must be made to answer to certain ethical and moral questions as a leader in a democratic dispensation.
“The coalition will drag him to the court of public opinion to checkmate his excesses so that he doesn’t get away with the impression that he presided over a banana republic.
“The civil society coalition would invoke the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to compel Gov. Umahi to give account of his stewardship in Ebonyi State. Ebonyians would like to know the amount spent in the execution of every project in the state.
“Citizens would and should be encouraged to ask relevant questions about how their collective patrimony was being deployed. Gov. Umahi should answer questions about the mystery behind certain projects.
“Why is it that the shopping mall cannot be completed in six years? Again, why is it that the Presidential Lodge in Ochudo cannot be completed. Explanations to these questions are pertinent because tongues are wagging.
“Some people are of the view that the aforementioned projects are nothing, but conduit pipes for siphoning public funds into private pockets. They argue that the mall was not conceived as a project to be completed because even as at today, Umahi does not know what to do with it after over N6 billion may have been invested into the projects,” the group stated.