The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi has told the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus that his decision to leave the PDP for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) was final unless the PDP zones its presidential ticket to the Southeast.
Umahi told Secondus and other members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) categorically at the Ebonyi State Governor’s in Abuja that his decision to leave the party was final despite spirited efforts to make the governor change his decision.
Umahi who as reported earlier by EPARLIAMENT had perfected his defection to the APC, on Tuesday visited Abuja to officially inform the leadership of the PDP of his intention to leave the party.
Other members of the PDP NWC present at the meeting include the Deputy National Secretary, Agbo Emmanuel; National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobondu; Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Maibasira; National Women Leader, Mariya Waziri and Senator Sulieman Nazif.
A senior member of the party present at the meeting who spoke to EPARLIAMENT on Wednesday morning said that “governor Umahi demanded that we must zone the presidential ticket to his zone unilaterally without following the rules and that is not possible.”
“I think he had already made up his mind to leave our party which is unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, Governor Umahi has directed all the members of the Ebonyi state Executive Council, Chairmen of the 13 Local Government Areas of the state and the Coordinators of the 64 Development Centres to immediately register in with the APC their various wards as a prerequisite for retaining their jobs.
The governor also mandated the Development Centre (DC) Coordinators to ensure that they register a minimum of 3000 new members for the APC.
As an incentive to the DC Coordinators the governor promised to release the official cars of the Coordinators Hitherto withheld by the state government.
As part of the grand scheme to weaken the PDP in the state, Umahi informed all government officials to treat “any stakeholder” who refuses to join the APC as an enemy.
Also the Governor has directed the leadership of the PDP at both state and ward levels in the state to remain “loyal to him” as he promised to continue ensuring that they get their monthly allowances. He reminded them that he personally chose them for their various positions in the party. He told them that they were going to be his eyes in the party, while promising that “nobody can tamper” with their positions until they serve out their tenure.
Governor Umahi had at a meeting with the members of the Ebonyi state House of Assembly told his audience that he had already hatched a plan to ensure that he controls the political currents and powers in Ebonyi state “for the next 25 years” insisting that anyone thinking that they may be politically relevant in the state without belonging in his camp was joking.