State Governors of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have stated that the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi sabotaged the party’s chances during the 2019 General Elections as he sought to ‘deliver 25% to his APC benefactors,’ even while he was still one of them.
The PDP governors further asked the Ebonyi governor to now face up to the ‘the misrule in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his frustrations.’
The state chief executives, under the aegis of the PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), expressed outrage over the attempt by Umahi to ‘turn truth on its head.’
PDP-GF was reacting to statement credited to the Ebonyi governor where he insisted on the 2023 Presidential slot be given to the South East by all the political parties in the country.
According to the Governors Forum, the Ebonyi Governor openly distanced himself from all the decisions reached by the Southern Governors Forum members for the good of their people, including the anti-open grazing and the Value Added Tax laws being promulgated by the governors of the region, as agreed.
In a statement by the governors, through its Director General (DG), CID Maduabum, the PDP-GF said Governor Umahi left PDP for APC, “because of the love he has for President Buhari, among other flimsy reasons, irrespective of the maladministration and daily incidents of destruction of lives and properties currently going on in Ebonyi State and the entire country under the watch of APC.
“Governor Umahi sabotaged the PDP in 2019 elections in his quest to deliver 25% to his APC benefactors. It took the determined resistance of Ebonyi people to checkmate him. It was good riddance that he subsequently left PDP for APC instead of continuing his role as an APC mole.
“We advise Governor Umahi to face his frustrations in APC and not drag PDP and her Governors into it. PDP is an independent political Party with workable structures and methods of doing things. It’s not an appendage of the APC or indeed any other association or group.
“The PDP will take its decision on the issue of zoning political offices at the appropriate time. Even the APC has not taken any decision yet on zoning. Different groups and interests are advancing arguments to defend their positions as is required in a democracy. At the end of the day, decisions will be taken by each political party.
“The PDP is single-minded in its resolve to boot out the APC in 2023 and would craft strategies to achieve same in the national interest as APC currently represents an existential threat to Nigeria’s democracy and survival. Indeed all Nigerians have a duty and responsibility to end this long nightmare of APC misrule,” the governors said.