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Published On: Thu, Nov 19th, 2020

Party defection: Ebonyi NASS caucus disowns Governor Umahi, sticks to PDP

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By Musa Baba Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Ebonyi State caucus in the National Assembly has dissociated itself from the defection by the State Governor, David Umahi, from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC).
Briefing journalists yesterday in the National Assembly, the former Governor of the State, Sam Egwu, who is also the leader of the state caucus in the parliament, said all the elected three senators and five House of Representatives members from the State have resolved to stick to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Egwu said the lawmakers from the State are proud of the party which gave them the victory to be in the parliament, adding that they will remain appreciative to the PDP.
Speaking further, the caucus slammed the Ebonyi State Governor over his decision to defect from the PDP to the ruling APC, saying with enormous benefit which he has reaped from the PDP, having been elected Governor for two terms on PDP platform, Deputy governor of the State, and chairman of the party before now.
“For the sake of clarity, we wish to state that not a single member of the Ebonyi State PDP caucus of the National Assembly is defecting to the APC. The three Distinguished Senators and five House of Representatives members remain proud card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform under which we contested and won elections in 2019.
“The major reason given by Chief Umahi for defecting from the PDP to the APC is now in the Public domain which is that the PDP has not been fair to the People of the South East on the issue of zoning the Presidency and vice Presidency.
“While we support that it is the turn of the South East to fly the Presidential flag of any of the major political parties come 2023, yet we consider it impolitic, indecent and unwise to give ultimatums and conditionalities in a bid to secure zoning.
“Indeed, if there is any Ebonyi person who should remain eternally grateful to the PDP, that individual ought to be the Governor David Umahi; a man who was appointed the Ebonyi State Chairman of the PDP, made deputy governor of a PDP administration, and was elected for two terms under the banner of the PDP.
“As Governor, his two younger brothers were elected to principal offices of the PDP; one (Mr Austine Umahi) as the National Vice Chairman (South East) and another (Mr. Maxwell Umahi) as the Deputy State Chairman of the PDP.
“As democrats, we concede Chief Umahi’s right to join any political association of his choice. However, as Federal Lawmakers we are not unaware of the Supreme Court decision that candidates are products of political parties. What it means is that political office holders are not at liberty to migrate from one political platform to another, particularly when there is no division in their party.
“We wish to use this opportunity to thank the leadership of our grate party, the PDP for their prompt action in dissolving the ward, local government, state and Zonal structures of the party in Ebonyi State, and their announcement of a state caretaker team.
“We also wish to thank teeming members and supporters in our various constituencies who have remained undaunted and committed to their membership of the PDP. We also wish to thank the South East caucus, and indeed the entire PDP family of the National Assembly”, the caucus said in the briefing.
Those who signed the speech are: Senators: Sam Ominyi Egwu, Obinna Ogba, Mike Ama Nnachi and Rt. Jobs: Sylvester Ogbaga, Igariwey Iduma Enwo, Chukwuma Nwazunku, Edwin Anayo, Livinus Makwe.

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