By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi
Ebonyi state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Stanley Okoro Emegha, Sunday, debunked media reports that the serving council chairmen in in the state will not be allowed to go for second term.

Emegha in a signed statement made available to THE VOICE expressed shock on the publication on social media credited to him titled ” No 2nd term for council chairman”.

He rather explained that during Ebonyi South stakeholders meeting weekend that he noted that any stakeholder who did not win convincingly come February 3rd Bye-election may lose his chances of retaining his position.

The statement reads, “I received with absolute shock and consternation the publication in some sections of the social media which maliciously and intentionally cast aspersion and defamation on my personality and the office of the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State which I occupy.

“The irritable falsehood and ill-fated report which says “No 2nd Term For Council Chairmen in Ebonyi–APC Boss, Emegha” is most despicable because such never transpired during the Ebonyi South stakeholders’ meeting at the Centenary City residence of the Honorable Minister of Works, His Excellency Sen. Chief David Umahi as quoted.

“While addressing party members during the engagement which took place on Friday, 26th January, 2024, I stated categorically clear that any chairman who did not win convincingly the Ebonyi South Senatorial District bye-election on Saturday the 3rd day of February with about 85 to 95% of the ballot cast will not be given ticket to participate in the forthcoming local government area poll.

“Similarly, the same charge was extended to other government functionaries so that the party could secure the people’s mandate and cruise to victory at the end of the day. Actually, they were all persuaded to do the needful but with a clause to comply strictly with the rules guiding the game.

“For more emphasis, I never mentioned the council chairmen of the thirteen local government areas in the state as being purported by the disgruntled and unscrupulous elements hiding under the cloak of journalism to display their ignorance and hatred for good governance.

“Most people who drew my attention to the hostile and venomous publication were astonished because they know I do not talk recklessly.

“Therefore, I wish to sternly advise the originator of that delusion called media publication and other accomplices to desist and never attempt to toe that line of action capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Right Honourable (Dr) Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has given to the people.

“On this note, I want the people of Ebonyi State as a matter of good conscience and public good to totally disregard the falsehood purveyed by individuals who allowed themselves to be used by enemies of the state

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