Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A group, Ekpeye Progressive Alliance in Ahoada East and West local government areas of Rivers State yesterday call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to what they described as political witch- hunt of the former Speaker of House of Representative, Chief Chibudom Nwuche
The group said Ekpeye, as an ethnic nationality has suffered untold marginalisation in the state, adding that they are the third largest ethnic group both in terms of population, size and production of hydrocarbons.
Addressing more than two thousands Ekpeye indigenes in Ahoada –East yesterday, the leader of the group, Chief Gowon Okoko, said it is regrettable that despite the strategic position of Ekpeye and its contribution to the economy the ethnic group has been greatly marginalised.
Okoko alleged that there has being a deliberate attempt to silence Ekpeye’s only voice and political leader, Chief Nwuche by his political detractor from the region who are bend in killing his political career and businesses.
He further alleged that it was the same people who sent Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to go after the politician cum- businessman of Ekpeye kingdom.
He noted that the peaceful rally by Ekpeye indigenes was an indication of the love they have for the former speaker, stressing that Nwuche’s life was at risk given the recent invasion of his office by armed thugs.
Okoko said: “We have watched with dismay the unfolding events in the recent time and we have come to conclusion on the need to speak out. Nwuche is the only voice of Ekpeye, we don’t know why some politicians who consider him as a political threat want to silence him.
“Despite using EFCC to fight him, they are now frustrating his business and threatening his life. But Ekpeye youths have declared that Chibudom Nwuch has our support. We can no longer watch our brother’s life to be endangered; whatever the detractors of Nwuche want we will give to them.”