- Senior PDP chieftains are speaking on the defection of Governor Dave Umahi to the APC
- One of such respected leaders say Umahi's defection is a signal that the PDP must start a dialogue with the southeast
- Umahi had complained of injustice to the region as his reason for defecting to the APC
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jubrin, has called for dialogue with the south-east over the agitations that the presidential ticket of the party should be allotted to the zone.
Senator Jibrin made the comment in reaction to the defection of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The BoT and the National Caucus of the PDP are billed to meet in Abuja on Wednesday, November 18.
Senator Jubrin told ThisDay that as the main advisory organ of the party, the PDP must be ready to dialogue with the south-east over the zoning of the party’s presidential ticket.
There have been agitations in the zone for the presidential ticket, with rumours gaining grounds of more governors joining the APC.
Senator Jibrin said:
“We are the main advisory organ of the party, constitutionally recognised, we must be ready to dialogue with the Igbo. We lose nothing in dialogue. We must dialogue with them.
“They are not outsiders. The Igbo are part and parcel of the PDP. They are part of our backbone. They cannot be wished away.”
He explained that other political parties cannot be strategising on the 2023 elections and the PDP will be left out.
Meanwhile, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has reacted to the defection of Umahi to the APC.
The group made its stance known on the trending issue via a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, November 18 by its president, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu.
The AESID said the defection of Umahi didn't come as a surprise, stressing that the governor is known for political inconsistency since his foray into politics.
The group stated that the political life of the governor has become a domesticated case of a study in downright betrayal beginning from his days in the Dr Ogbonnaya Onu campaign Directorate in 1999.
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