From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu
Activists in Enugu State, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society have raised the alarm that some politicians are plotting to destabilise the state by causing disaffection between the state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the people.
The coalition, in a statement issued in Enugu, yesterday and signed by its national coordinator, Ibuchukwu Ezike, said the wicked plot by the politicians was to use the non-conduct of local government elections in the state as decoy.
The group claimed that some natives of the state in different professions, including Nollywood, have been reached to execute the plot as the 2019 election approaches.
The coalition which comprises activists from all the 17 local government areas of the state with the Convener of Save Enugu Group (SEG), Chief Willy Ezugwu, as patron, said the plot was being hatched by some politicians who are angry that Ugwuanyi was not sharing the state’s monthly allocation and only carrying out developmental projects.
“During our recent on-the-spot assessment tour of the local governments in Enugu State, we noticed a departure from the usual inactivity at the local government levels, as local roads and other infrastructure were ongoing across the state.
“No political issue is strong enough to be used as guise to disorganise the state and distract the government of the day, which has been adjudged to be among the three states in the country paying workers’ salaries and pension as at when due.”
“For us, politics should have a human face and must be played according to the rules, rather than using uncivilised means to cause unnecessary disaffection in the polity.
“Our assessment of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi shows clearly that his government, in less than two years, is transforming rural and sub-urban communities in all senatorial districts in the state.
“We make bold to say that Enugu State as a whole is better today under the leadership of the present state administration, with the government launching a systematic war on poverty through various micro-economic agenda, including the recent flag off of raffle draw for market traders in the state under the Enugu State Traders Empowerment Scheme,” the group said.
The activists noted that it would be a disservice to the state and its “people for anyone, no matter how highly placed, to allow him or herself to be used as agent of destabilisation in the state at this time.
“We, therefore, call the attention of all well-meaning Enugu State sons and daughters to disregard this despicable handiwork of paid agents and enemies of the people, who are working for themselves and not for the people of the state.”