The Ebonyi State National Assembly members, on Wednesday, disowned Governor David Umahi for defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Senator Sam Egwu who is the leader of the state PDP caucus in the state read the position of his colleagues at a press conference in Abuja, stated that no lawmaker in the state would follow in the footsteps of the governor.
At the briefing attended by all the state federal legislators, the lawmakers blasted Umahi over the ‘selfish’ reasons he gave for leaving the PDP.
Those lawmakers present include Obinna Ogba, Mike Ama Nnachi, Sylvester Ogbaga, Igariwey Iduma Enwo, Chukwuma Nwazunku, Edwin Anayo and Livinus Makwe
Also present is the Senate Minority Leader Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who was present to show his support for the lawmakers.
Egwu conceded that Umahi has the right to join any party he wants but lampooned him for saying that the PDP has not been fair to the people of the South-East.
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.
“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 great 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.”