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Group Condemns ‘Pull Him Down’ Politics

A socio-cultural group, Ebonyi Heritage Association has condemned the dirty politics playing out in the state.


A socio-cultural group, Ebonyi Heritage Association has condemned the dirty politics playing out in the state.

Speaking at an event organised by the group to mark the 19th anniversary of the creation of the South-East state in Lagos over the weekend; President of the Association, Barrister Chukwudi Nwankwo decried the spate of mudslinging amongst big politicians from the state.

He regretted that Ebonyians were not able to harness the abundant natural and human resources God has blessed them with to actually locate the state in the comity of states in the country.

According to the President of Ebonyi Heritage Association, “We are particularly bothered about the ‘Pull Him Down’ brand of politics going on in the state.

“ We are the smallest in the south east, backward and with almost the least monthly allocation in the country; yet God has continued to bless the state with big political positions.

” We have in the last fifteen years produced the Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), yet we have nothing to show for these strategic positions, all because of in-fighting.”

Continuing, Barr. Nwankwo regretted that a prominent son of Ebonyi state and first executive governor of old Abia State, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who was widely touted would emerge the SGF in the President Muhammadu Buhari Government had lost the position because of the acrimonious brand of politics in the south east; particularly in Ebonyi state.

Recently, one Engr. Ngwu Frank, a personal aide to a top politician in the state had in a widely circulated publication spewed how his boss allegedly used him to tarnish the reputation of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu including sponsoring a scathing article titled “Open Letter to Mr. President: Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu’s Obsession for Political Appointment”.

The born-again hatchet man begged the APC Chieftain to forgive him for the wrong he had done to him (Onu) in the course of trying to satisfy his boss and sponsor.

Barrister Nwankwo enjoined Ebonyi politicians to close ranks and work for the good of the state in particular and the nation at large.

On the election tribunal winding down in the state, Ebonyi Heritage Association appealed to all the parties to resist the urge to attempt to influence the decisions of the tribunal. Rather, they should play by the rules and ensure that at the end of the exercise, justice would not only be done, but seen to be done.

Barrister Nwankwo charged the members of the tribunal to abide by the oath they swore and dispense justice regardless of the position, status or standing of the parties appearing before it.

“We expect the decisions on any of the petitions to be based on the pleadings (petitions and reply), evidence (physical, documentary and oral) and the persuasive arguments of the counsel. The tribunal should not succumb to undue pressure from different quarters including alleged threats and intimidation

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