Umahi flags off Ebonyi APC registration exercise, harps on open grazing


By Victor Nwegede

In Ebonyi, the State APC committee on membership registration and revalidation exercise was flagged off on Monday.

Flagging off the exercise at Christian Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, the state governor, Chief David Umahi urged the committee members to demonstrate high level of commitment and dedication on their party's assignment in the state.

Umahi described Ebonyi as a home of APC, called all the stakeholders and members of the party in the state to swing into action to ensure the state came first in the South East geopolitical zone. 

The governor charged the state caretaker committees to ensure the successful conduct of the exercise to ensure their dream came through.

He thanked the stakeholders of the party for attending the meeting and observing the COVID-19 protocols, insisting that the state remains APC.

"Let me thank our leaders for their commitment to the welfare of our party; Ebonyi State is complete and Ebonyi State is APC," he said.

Earlier in his speech, Umahi said the Southeast leaders had banned open-grazing of cattle in the zone.

He added that the region had also banned the movement of cows by foot into the zone and enjoined leaders to exhibit patriotism in their conduct to guarantee the unity of the country.

"We are living in a dangerous time, without patriotism to our nation Nigeria, it is very difficult to have a peaceful time," he added.

He equally called on leaders and stakeholders of the South East geopolitical zone to speak up and desist from playing politics with the security of the region and Nigeria in general.

"Governors of South East have been calling on our leaders to speak out on the Security of the zone and unity of Nigeria. I read on paper where someone said he was giving Governors of South East 7-days to ban open-grazing, the Governors of Southeast had banned open grazing and movement of cows by foot into South East. In each of the states of the South East, we are managing ourselves well, what we discuss with the herdsmen is the system in place for a long time."

He cautioned people of the zone against instigating crises in the country through the dissemination of fake videos alleging killing of Fulanis by IPOB in the South East.

"What our people must know is that security is not political. What is demanded of the leaders is to put up programmes that favour the people and foster national unity," he advised.

Governor Umahi announced his support for the call to flush out criminal elements from forests across the nation to boost the security of the country.

"In our forests today, we have the kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, all sorts of criminals, anybody staying in the forest is taking a risk, when we say that people should move out of the forests, it is for their safety and security, so I support that kidnappers, herdsmen, cultists, and bandits should be flushed out of our forests," he opined.

Recall in his remark, the Caretaker Chairman of APC in the State, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha said the meeting was convened to find a way of upgrading the membership of the party in the state and called on the stakeholders to support the exercise to fully reintegrate the Ebonyi to the next level.

Inaugurating the State and Local Government Area Caretaker Committee members of the exercise, the Chairman in charge in the State,  Chief Chima Onyekwere expressed hope that the exercise of membership registration and revalidation would produce an Igbo President in 2023.

Onyekwere appealed to the Local Government Chairmen to collaborate with the Caretaker Committees to ensure the success of the exercise in their areas.

NATIONAL PANEL reports that the event was used to adopt the Local Government Area nominees for Federal Board appointments and empowerment, among others.

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