This report investigates the rejection of the ministerial nomination of Engr. David Umahi from Ebonyi State by the Umuekumemyi Equity Youth Front (UEYF). The rejection stems from claims of inequality and political greediness, as the group demands the withdrawal of Umahi’s appointment in favor of a candidate from Ebonyi Central or North senatorial zones.
The Umuekumemyi Equity Youth Front is a group comprising youths from Ebonyi Central and North zones. Their primary objective is to promote equity, good governance, and power balancing in Ebonyi State to prevent monopoly of political power. The group has been vocal in advocating for rotation of powers and positions, which has resulted in governors from different zones of the state.
Rejection of Appointment:
The rejection of Senator David Umahi’s ministerial appointment centers on the belief that he is from Ebonyi South zone, which has previously held the ministerial slot for the past 16 years. According to the UEYF, it is now the turn of Umuekumemyi to produce a minister, maintaining the principle of equity. They argue that Umahi’s appointment is a threat to peace and unity in the state, leading to protests both on the streets and in the media.
The UEYF claims that Umuekumemyi has been marginalized and that Senator Umahi’s appointment undermines the power balancing arrangements.
They assert that Umahi’s rapid pursuit of the ministerial position, while still newly appointed as a senator, indicates political greed and selfishness.
The rejection faced criticism from others, including the Executive Chairman of Edda local government area, Prince Ekuma Nkama Chima. He labeled the UEYF as “jobless youths” trying to disrupt peace and unity in the state. Chima emphasized that the position of Governor is the one rotated among the senatorial zones, not ministerial appointments.
Supporters of Senator Umahi argue that he made significant strides during his tenure as Governor of Ebonyi State, transforming it into one of the best-performing states in Nigeria. They commend his exceptional leadership qualities and assert that he deserves more than a ministerial appointment.
The rejection of Senator David Umahi’s ministerial appointment by the Umuekumemyi Equity Youth Front highlights the ongoing debate over power balancing and equitable distribution of political positions in Ebonyi State. While the group claims marginalization and demands withdrawal, others commend Umahi’s contributions to the state’s development. The situation underscores the importance of maintaining peace, unity, and understanding in the political landscape of the state.