- Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has shed more light on what prompted his defection from the PDP to the APC
- Umahi faulted the manner in which the PDP handled the issue of Igbo presidency
- The governor said the APC appears to be more responsive to the demands of the southeast people
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has warned that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may collapse in the southeast if it fails to heed the advice from the people of the region.
He made the statement on Tuesday, November 17, in Abakaliki shortly after openly declaring his defection from the party to the All Progressive Congress (APC), The Guardian reported.
The governor said he is ready to be sacrificed to achieve the much-sought Igbo presidency like a martyr.
“I don’t want the PDP to collapse in the southeast but it can collapse itself in the zone if it does not heed to the peoples’ advice to entrench justice, fairness, and equity."
He questioned why the PDP comes to the southeast zone for votes but has failed to declare its stand on the zoning of the presidency to the region.
The governor noted that though people of the southeast have never overwhelmingly supported the APC, the party appears to be amenable towards working with the region.
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has constituted a state caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the party in Ebonyi state in line with the provisions of its constitution.
This follows the dissolution of the Ebonyi state exco by the NWC earlier after Governor Dave Umahi defected to the APC.
A statement from Kola Ologbodiyan, PDP spokesman, said the decision of the NWC is pursuant to the powers conferred on it by the provisions of the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended).
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