By Christiana Ekpa
The caretaker chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi State chapter, Fred Udogu, on Monday, alleged that the State Governor, David Umahi is sending thugs after his life.
Udogu made this known while speaking with some journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
He said: “For the governor, it means that everybody must join him to APC and if you don’t join him, you are his enemy. And that is his own position. Political parties are like organizations were anybody has his/her own mind to join or not.
“I have been a member of PDP before Umahi came into politics and he cannot decide for me a party to join. The problem is that, if he had left PDP quietly, nobody would have had issues with him. But he left PDP and still fighting us and initiated a fight in PDP which is not fair.
“We are not in the court because of the PDP Secretariat. The Secretariat belongs to PDP whether anybody likes it or not. It was built under Dave as the chairman of PDP by the former governor His Excellency Chief Martin Elechi.
“Nobody is dragging the Secretariat, it just that they are lacking on what to hook on. They have no programs and that’s why they are looking for programs. If they have programs, they shouldn’t be fighting an imagery war.
“I was one of the instruments which God used to install Dave Umahi as the governor, he can’t say, he doesn’t know. He knows what I did. I nominated him to Elechi as the caretaker Chairman. I played so many other roles in which God can bear me witness on what happened.
“I have always said it that if what Umahi did to me is good to God, I accept.
“He has left PDP and I was nominated to head the Party. I didn’t fight him and I had no intention to fight him. He is busy sending to me a WhatsApp messages I sent to him years back, when we were more friendly to people and to me, reminding me of the past. But did I gain anything from him as a governor? no. That’s why I’m not complaining.
“He directed that I should return the Tucson vehicle that was given to me, I sent the vehicle back to him. That was the last thing of him, i had. And I’m happy that I sent the vehicle back to him. I don’t have anything from Dave in my house today. By Gods Grace, I’m happy about it.
“For him to have ordered that i should return that vehicle, means that he doesn’t know or remember the past. He forgot so easily. Car is nothing to me for the role I played for him to become Chairman, deputy governor and now governor.
In a swift reaction, the Governor who spoke through his special assistant on Media, Francis Nwaza denied the said threat on the PDP caretaker chairman, Chief Fred Udogu, and called on the citizens of the State to disregard it.
“You see these things people do this days, trying to drag the name of a popular person into their misfortune is bad. People do politics over everything. If you are known for unholy character, must you drag the name of a governor to take cover.
“He said that the governor is sending thugs, how will people be making allegations without evidence? What is the proof that the governor sent somebody? The governor is very busy with the development of the state and as I speak with you now, the governor was on inspection today.