Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has accused the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim of undermining the reelection programmes of President Goodluck Jonathan as well as masterminding his impeachment.
In a statewide broadcast to the people of Ebonyi State on Friday morning, Governor Elechi declared that though he had been reading about the rumours of his impeachment on the pages of newspapers, recent developments, both in the state and at Abuja, have showed that the SGF was behind the whole political crisis in the state.
“It is no longer secret that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, recently made a frantic effort to get the enlarged caucus meeting of the PDP pass a resolution for the impeachment of Chief Martin Elechi, the Governor of Ebonyi State.
“It is also common knowledge that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria and National Leader of the ruling PDP, stoutly opposed such a measure and preferred the path of reconciliation.
“What is important is not the clamour for Elechi’s impeachment, which can happen like any other event; what is important is that the people of Nigeria in general and the powers that be, in particular, should be properly informed as to whose role is working adversely on the President’s electoral fortune,” the embattled governor said.
Gov. Elechi traced the genesis of the crisis bedeviling Ebonyi State chapter of the PDP stressing that when the former State chairman, Prince Ugorji Ama-Oti resigned his position as chairman on October 20, 2014 to enable him contest election, his deputy, Onwe Joseph Onwe, was allowed to act as chairman, pending the election of a substantive chairman.
The governor noted that after President Jonathan announced his intention to contest the 2015 presidential election, he organized a mammoth rally at Abakaliki Sports Stadium on November 22, 2014 to solicit the support of Ebonyi people to President Jonathan’s election bid regretting that the rally in Abakaliki was boycotted by Deputy Governor and governorship aspirant, Dave Umahi, his campaign organization, the Speaker of Ebonyi Assembly, the Senatorial aspirants of Ebonyi Central and North Senatorial zones as well as the SGF.
“Following the huge success recorded in the outing, these same absentees from the rally placed an advertorial in a national newspaper, claiming the glory and self-congratulations for the success of the rally “organized by them”; it was clear that the battle line had been drawn,” Elechi declared.
He lamented that no day passes without one or more national dailies reporting the thickening of impeachment plot against him adding that the reports border on efforts to assemble sufficient number of signatories or investigation to justify the impeachment.