FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE EBONYI STATE PDP CAUCUS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020
We the undersigned members of the Ebonyi state Caucus of the National Assembly wish to address our fellow PDP members and other well meaning Nigerians on the defection of the Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi from the PDP to the APC.
For the sake of clarity we wish to state that not a single member of the Ebonyi state caucus of the National Assembly is defecting to the APC. The three Senators and five House of Representatives Members remain proud card carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 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 Southeast on the issue of zoning the Presidency and Vice Presidency.
While we support that it is the turns of the Southeast to fly the presidential flag of any of the major political parties come 2023, yet we consider it impolitic, indecent, and unwise to give ultimatum 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 should be the governor, David Umahi. A man who was appointed the Ebonyi state chapter Chairman of the PDP, made Deputy Governor of the PDP administration and was elected for two terms under the banner of the PDP.
As governor, his younger brothers were elected to principal offices of the PDP, one Mr. Austin Umahi as the Southeast Zonal Chairman of the PDP 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 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 the announcement of the state caretaker team.
We also wish to thank the teaming members and our supporters in our various constituencies who have remained undaunted and committed on their membership of the PDP.
We also wish to thank the Southeast Caucus and indeed the entire PDP family of the National Assembly.
Thank you all and May God bless Ebonyi state and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Senator Sam Egwu (PDP, Ebonyi North)
Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP, Ebonyi Central)
Senator Michael Amah Nnachi (PDP, Ebonyi South).
Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga (PDP, Abakaliki/Izzi Federal Constittuency
Hon. Iduma Igarewey (PDP, Afikpo North/Afikpo South)
Hon Chukwuma Nwazunku (Ebonyi/Ohaukwu)
Hon. Livinus Makwe (PDP, Onicha/Ohaozara/Ivo)
Hon Edwin Nwonu (Ishielu/Ezza North