Group calls for peaceful elections in South-East

On Monday, the Civil Society Committee for Anti-Fraud Election Security called on the people of the South-East to vote for their preferred candidates in the upcoming elections.

CISCAES has condemned the rising insecurity in Ebonyi State, accusing the state governor, David Umahi, of using the defunct Ebubeagu security outfit to intimidate and harass citizens and political opponents.

Addressing a press conference on Monday tagged: "Worrisome State of Insecurity in Ebonyi State and its Dangerous Consequences Before, During and After the 2023 General Elections," the National Coordinator of CISCAES, Kennedy Iyere, described Umahi as one who would "brook no opposition".

Iyere claimed that Umahi was determined to impose his preferred candidate on Ebonyians by using the illegal Ebubeagu.

Despite the fact that a high court had disbanded the Ebubeagu outfit, Umahi quickly recruited the same group of people from various states to intimidate the citizens, according to him.

While describing Ebonyi State as the most insecure state in the South-East, Iyere urged President Muhammadu Buhari (retd), the US, and other Western countries to persuade Umahi to stop attacking opposition parties.

As a result, he urged the Federal Government to focus its attention on the activities of Ebubeagu in Ebonyi State in order to ensure peaceful and trouble-free elections.

Meanwhile, attempts to reach the state Commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji, were futile, as several phone calls to him went unanswered. He had also not responded to a text message sent to his phone.

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