By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: The Ebonyi State Government has refuted media report stating that governor David Umahi declared he was for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and at the same time for the All Progressives Congress (APC),describing such report as ‘very nonsensical, baseless and total falsehood’.
Making this known, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji while briefing the press in Abakaliki, said the write up was a calculated attempt to smear the ‘good image and reputation of the governor’, who has never dreamed of leaving the Party—PDP—that brought him into power, to APC or any other Party.
Orji said the government should not have ordinarily reacted to the publication but did so because the state’s image was at stake.
In his words, “It was nonsensical for someone to write such report because no one can be in both the PDP and APC at the same time.
“It is common knowledge that no one Party member in Nigeria can belong to another political Party at time. The governor never said that he belonged to APC. He is unshakably a PDP chieftain and has been a great Party man whose track records as historic Party chairman and currently PDP governor and leader in Ebonyi state are known and admired by people of goodwill.
“The parties have registers to prove this, as the governor only said during the concerned function that he is the governor of both parties and everyone in Ebonyi.
“Anyone who therefore, blackmails the Ebony State Government using any party will realise that there are people who will readily defend the governor’s actions.
“The governor’s strides are glaring to all and he has always maintained that after-party politics, administration of the state takes over,” he said.
Continuing, the Information Commissioner said government was not unmindful of the mechanisms of individuals who feel they could score cheap political point by thriving on blackmail to bring down the rising political profile of the governor.
According to him, “The governor is however not distracted but focused on making Ebonyi the best state in the country and people are attesting to this fact.
“The media should help to achieve developmental journalism by reporting rightly and objectively,” he said.
He disclosed that government was directing another online media outfit to retract its report on the state’s non-passage of the 2020 budget in 2019 or face legal actions.
“The publication reported that Ebonyi was one of the seven states in the country which did not sign its 2020 appropriation bill into law in 2019 and this was also unfounded.
“The Governor in the full glare of the public and media, presented the state’s 2020 appropriation bill to the State House of Assembly on December 13, 2019 which the House passed into law and he accented to.
“The state government through the Ministries of Finance and Information subsequently convened a briefing where it analysed all projections and issues surrounding the budget,” he explained.