Former Media Technical Assistant to the Governor of Ebonyi State, Lady Monica Chidinma Ada Eze, has described the granting of financial autonomy to the Legislative and Judicial arms of government by Governor Dave Umahi, as an exemplary step in strengthening the foundation of democracy in the state.
In a statement made available to media houses in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital, Lady Monica said financial autonomy for the two arms represents Umahi’s sincerity and sheer commitment in upholding the independence of the Legislative arm of government in the business of lawmaking, and the impartiality of the Judiciary in the administration of justice in Ebonyi State.
By the granting of autonomy, Monica said both arms will begin to get their fundings without any bureaucratic red tape and control by the executive arm as is the practice in other States.
The development is a new dawn in the practice of democracy in Ebonyi under the watch of a seasoned administrator, exemplary democrat and committed progressive, Governor Dave Umahi, who doubles as Chair of the South-East Governors Forum.
Commending Umahi for his very many eye-catching track records in public administration, the former aide to the Governor said providing the necessary platform for a smooth practice of democracy in Nigeria demonstrates to the world that Gov. Umahi represents a new face of democracy in Nigeria.
In a separate development, Monica, aka Ada Ebonyi expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conduct of the State Congress, where a new State Executive to run the affairs of the All Progressives Congress in the State was elected. The unity expressed during this Congress, Monica said, demonstrates the sagacity and acumen Governor Umahi has exhibited in running the affairs of the party in the State.
The congress which produced a State Working Committee led by Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha took place at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki on Saturday October 16, 2021.
Lady Monica the Founder and President of DUNAETA highlighted that others elected to assist High Chief Emegha to run the affairs of the State APC for the next four years are:
1. Stanley Okoro Emegha—Chairman
2. Mrs Nwali Euphema. Vice Chairman
3. Ofoke Charles—Secretary
4.Nwafor Sunday–Asst Sec
5. Ernest Nwaze–South Zone Chairman
6. John Nwankata–North Zonal Chairman
7. Peter Nworie Ndubuisi –Central Zonal Chairman.
8. Barr. Stanley Igboke–Org. Secretary
9. Barr. Ukeni l . Ukeni..—Legal Adv
10. Paulinus Ali. Treasurer
11. Ogbonna Alon.—Youth Leader
12. Mrs Nwaigwe Queendalen.– Women Leader
13. Ogbuatu Symbad. Pub. Sec
14. Barr. Daniel Nshi._Auditor.
15. Nweze Francis Obike.—Welfare Sec.
16. Joseph Ozibo. —Fin. Sec
17. Uchenna Adum. Special Leader
Congratulating the officers-elect, Monica said she remains optimistic that under the new executive committee, the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State will only soar higher in strength and numbers while delivering good dividends to the good people of the state.
Monica quoted the Cable Newspaper as highlighting that Ebonyi State tops the list of twenty APC States in Nigeria where free, fair, credible, transparent and commendable State Congresses were held successfully.
The DUNAETA President who monitored the election stated that Governor Umahi sought for two ministerial slots for Ebonyi State, owing to the intensity of the party in the state and addressed the party stakeholders as follows,
"Let me first and foremost congratulate our national leader, Mr. President, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whose integrity and peaceful dispositions have given rise to a very peaceful and due process party, APC.
“Let me also congratulate the Chairman of APC Governors and all APC Governors both those here and those who will join us in a moment. Your Excellency, those of us who have joined you are not regretting it and we are at home.
"I am not only the Governor and an Apostle, but I am also a prophet, when my friend and Governor of Edo was in APC and I was in PDP, I prophesied that he was going to win no matter what happened, didn’t the prophecy come to pass?
“The defection is completed, and no power because it is born of God, can reverse it. It is God that caused the defection and the defection has helped our people, the South East people very much and we are very happy. We are never in doubt about what will happen next. No one man owns the party, there is no headmaster in our party, we are all stakeholders in this great party, APC.
"I want to specially thank the people at the grassroots for standing by men during the Ward and Local Government Congresses, they have stood by me.
“I want our President to note that our party, APC in Ebonyi state is great and when federal positions are to be shared, you have to look at the intensity of the party in each state. Ebonyi state deserves two slots of ministerial positions.
Ada Ebonyi quoted the newly elected Chairman of the APC, Ebonyi State, Chief Stanley Emegha as expressing appreciation on-behalf of other elected State Executive members to Governor David Nweze Umahi for the democratic manner he has been piloting the affairs of the Party in the State and assured that all the SEC members would continue to support the prosperity of the Party in the State.