The Ebonyi Visionary Youth Movement, a social and political organization and members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ebonyi State chapter, on Thursday, rejected and completely rejected the nomination of Francis Nwifuru as his successor to Governor David Umahi.
The Speaker of the Ebonyi State House, Nwifuru has recently been approved by Umahi as his successor, but the approval since then has sparked much controversy and rejection by prominent stakeholders and members of his party, the APC.
The party in a statement signed by the Director of State and Secretary, Barr. Joshua Raphael Itumo and Okpani Ogbonna, respectively, also found in reporters in Abakaliki, claimed that Nwifuru’s mandate was wrong, reprehensible and a betrayal of the status of Emperor Umahi.
According to them: “We are worried over the recent wrongful endorsement being orchestrated by his Excellency Engr. David Nweze Umahi and which is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution of our dear party, APC.
“We welcome the idea of constitution of a Zoning Committee by the party in Ebonyi and wish they hasten up the assignment to submit their report, but the situation in Ebonyi State viz-a-viz choosing candidates should be through dialogue and proper consultation.
“The governor of Ebonyi State, his Excellency Engr. David Nweze Umahi, had once said that he is neutral and has no choice of a successor and we would like him to maintain the said position.
“The recent endorsement of the embattled speaker, Hon. Ogbonna Nwifuru is not only wrong but condemnable and a betrayal of Governor Umahi’s earlier stance, capable of generating crisis in the state and causing the party the 2023 general elections,” the group said.
The APC youth group called on prominent stakeholders, youths and founding fathers of the State to resist the endorsement of Nwifuru as Umahi’s successor.
“We call on every well meaning Ebonyi Youth, particularly APC youths, to resist any form of imposition of candidates on the party, APC, as that will easily lead to total collapse of our party in Ebonyi State.
“We call on the leader of our great party, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene in Ebonyi State and call the Governor to order.
“We also call on the leadership of our party, the APC, led by His Excellency Senator Abdulahi Adamu, the National Executive Committee of APC, the State Executives of APC in Ebonyi State and others to quickly arrest the situation in Ebonyi State to forestall a possible disintegration of the party,” the group stated.