Umahi’s reasons for defection selfish – Ebonyi N’Assembly members
Members of the National Assembly from Ebonyi State on Wednesday said none of them will follow the state Governor, David Umahi to the All Progressives Congress (APC), describing the reasons given by the governor for leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as selfish and unacceptable.
The lawmakers made their position known during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja through the leader of the state PDP caucus in the National Assembly, Senator Sam Egwu.
The briefing was attended by all the Ebonyi State federal legislators including, Senator Obinna Ogba
Others lincluded Senator Mike Ama Nnachi, Sylvester Ogbaga, Igariwey Iduma Enwo, Chukwuma Nwazunku, Edwin Anayo and Livinus Makwe
The Senate Minority Leader Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was also at the event to show solidarity.
Egwu, who faulted Umahi for accusing the PDP leadership of being unfair to the South-East geopolitical zone, however said the governor was an ingrate, who he claimed had benefitted immensely from the PDP.
Egwu said: “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, the platform under which we contested and won elections in 2019.
“The major reason given by 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 Governor David Umahi.
“This is 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.