The political intrigues currently ongoing in Ebonyi state continues as all arrangements is said to have been concluded for the anticipated decamping of the Governor of the state, Chief David Umahi from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
In the last 72 hours several meetings have been held in Abuja, Abakaliki and Uburu, the country home of Chief Umahi to fine-tune all strategies aimed at giving the governor a smooth sail into the APC.
The governor on Saturday night hosted the Chairmen of the 13 local governments in the state at his Uburu Home, where they endorsed his move. Governor later held another meeting with 23 out of the 24members of the Ebonyi state House of Assembly where he where EPARLIAMENT gathered that he briefed the lawmakers of his decision to move to the APC. The later meeting which lasted till about 1.45AM was held at the New Governor’s Lodge in Abakaliki. At the the Governor’s Lodge meeting, 15 out of the 23members in attendance, including the Speaker, Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, were said to have endorsed the move of the governor to the APC, while six members declined and opted to remain in the PDP.
The members of the Assembly who refused to yield to the governor’s request to decamp with him to the APC are: Hon. Victor Aleke (Ebonyi North West), Hon. Okechukwu Ali (Ishielu North), Hon. Chris Usulor (Ezza South), Hon. Franca Chinyere Okpo (Abakaliki North), Hon. Arinze Lucas Chukwu (Ishielu South) and Hon. Chidi Ejem (Afikpo South East).
EPARLIAMENT gathered that the Deputy Leader of the House and member representing Afikpo North West state Constituency, Hon. Ogbonnaya Ikoro abstained from following any of the groups, while the member representing Ivo state constituency, Oliver Osi requested to consult with his godfather, the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Odefa Obasi Odefa is currently out of the country and so his position of the governor’s plan to decamp could not be ascertained.
Speaker to Issue Ultimatum to the PDP
As part of greater plan aimed creating a fertile ground for the governor to decamp to the APC, EPARLIAMENT has gathered that the Speaker of Ebonyi state House of Assembly, Hon. Ogbonnaya Nwifuru has been briefed to give an ultimatum to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership to zone its 2023 Presidential ticket to the Southeast geopolitical zone of the country, without which Ebonyi state PDP will emigrate to the APC which has allegedly zoned its presidential ticket to the Southeast.
The governor in a statement issued on Saturday by his spokesman, Francis Nwaze has said that “If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers.”
Many political pundits in the state see the governors statement that he “officially” communicate his exit from the PDP if need be as a sign that he would be leaving the party.
Governor Umahi has not hidden his ambition to take a short at the highest office in the land as he serves out his second and final tenure as the governor of Ebonyi state. Several of his aides have floated different groups to urge the governor to take a shot at the Presidency as the 2023 election season approaches. While the governor has been busy aligning forces to achieve his ambition. Governor Umahi is also said to be very close to President Muhammadu Buhari and the power brokers in Aso Rock Villa.