Members of the National Assembly from Ebonyi State have rebuffed the defection of Governor Dave Umahi’s to the All Progressive Congress, APC.
The lawmakers led by the former governor of the state, Sen Sam Egwu on Wednesday made their position known while briefing newsmen at the National Assembly complex, pointing that the defection of Umahi is “indecent.”
“For the sake of clarity, we wish to state that not a single member of the Ebonyi PDP caucus of the National Assembly is defecting to the APC.
“The three Senators and five House of Representatives members remain proud card-carrying members of the PDP; the platform under which we contest 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 has the PDP has not been fair to the people of South East on the issue of zoning for the presidency and vice presidency.
“While we support that it is the turn of the southeast to fly the presidential flag of any of the major political parties come 2023, yet we consider it impolitic; indecent; and unwise to give ultimatum and conditionality 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 the PDP administration; and was elected on two terms under the banner of the PDP as Governor.
“His younger brothers were elected to principal offices of the PDP– One Mr. Austin Umahi at the southeast zonal chairman of the PDP; and another Mr. Maxwell Umahi as the Deputy state chairman of PDP.
“As democrats, we concede Umahi’s rights to join any association of his choice; however as federal lawmakers we are not unaware of the Supreme Court’s decision; that candidates are a product of the political parties.”
Sen Egwu noted that there is no division in the PDP, therefore the governor cannot decamp.
“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.”