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Egwu, Elechi rift stalls Ebonyi ministerial nominee

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—Owing to political disagreement between Governor Martin Elechi and his predecessor and former Minister for Education,  Dr. Sam Egwu, no ministerial nominee has been appointed from the state, even as the Senate is about rounding up screening of  the nominees.

Vanguard gathered in Abakaliki, that whereas Dr. Egwu opted out from going back as a Minister, his nominees,  Commissioner for Information in Ebonyi State, Dr. John Otu and former Chairman of Universal Basic Education, Mr. Austin Edeze, were all opposed by Governor Elechi.

On the other hand, Governor Elechi was said to have nominated a certain architect, Mr Edward Nkwuegu, who the presidency, it was gathered did not waste time to reject. The Governor was also said to have nominated a former INEC Commissioner, Mr Fidel Nwankwo but he is having tough time passing through presidential clearance due to objections from the Egwu camp.

Sources in Abakaliki said  that out of the names being proposed for the ministerial position, Dr. John Otu stands for two reasons; that he comes fro Ebonyi South senatorial zone, which they observed the position should go to after the exist of Dr. Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu as Education Minister. They contended that Egwu coming from Ebonyi North and Governor Elechi from Ebonyi central, the position should now go to the South, where  Dr. Otu comes from.

However, the fear in Elechi’s camp is that Dr. Otu is Egwu’s man and that giving Otu the job is like giving it back to Egwu. But the Egwu’s camp are holding tenaciously to power in Abuja, especially since the Abakaliki government had declared Abuja-based politicians from the state,  persona non granta.

Though Dr. Egwu had in an interview said he has no quarrel with Governor Elechi, it is common knowledge in Abakaliki, that most former aides to Dr. Egwu were the ones who are championing the parallel faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, which the state government is not comfortable with.


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