The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum ((PDPGF) has advised Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to face his frustrations in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and not dabble in their party’s affairs on zoning issues.
This came as the party advised the governor to jettison his personal ambition and summon the courage to call out President Muhammadu Buhari for his divisiveness, injustice, incompetence, treasury looting and insecurity in the country.
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Umahi, while speaking on a television programme on Friday, alleged the PDP governors at the Southern Governors’ Forum meeting in Enugu were being dishonest with their claim that they were keen about the 2023 presidency going to the South.
He said their body language showed the party won’t zone the Presidency to the South.
But, the Director General of the PDPGF, CID Maduabum, in a statement, said the PDP remained an independent political party and not an appendage of the APC.
He said the party would work with all to end what he called the “long nightmare of APC misrule.”
The statement said, “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.
“Governor Umahi left PDP for APC, according to him, 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,” the statement added.
Also speaking on the issue, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said since Umahi, out of his personal ambition, joined the APC while still sitting on the mandate of the PDP, he had become “confused and disoriented’, having realized that he joined a wrong party.
Governor Umahi is now “politically floating” and seeking to use an “unwarranted attack” on governors elected on the platform of the PDP to actualise his desperation for public relevance.