The Ebonyi State National Assembly Caucus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have described the reasons given by the state governor, Chief Dave Umahi as “indecent” and “unwise.”
Recall that the governor had accused the PDP of being unfair to the Southeast alleging that the party has not zoned the 2023 presidential ticket to the zone.
Sam Egwu, former state governor and now senator, Ebonyi North, addressing journalists on behalf of the caucus in Abuja on Wednesday, said no one of the three senators and five house of representatives members will join the governor in the APC.
He added that the governor’s reasons for defection are “unwise” and “indecent.”
“The major reason given by chief 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 south-east on the issue of zoning for the presidency and vice-presidency,” he said.
“While we support that it is the turn of the south-east to fly the presidential flag of any of the major political parties come 2023, yet we consider it impolite, indecent and unwise to give ultimatum and conditionality in a bid to secure zoning.
“If there is any Ebonyi person who should remain eternally grateful to the PDP, that individual ought to be the Governor, David Umahi, a man who was appointed the Ebonyi state chairman of the PDP, made deputy governor of the PDP administration and was elected on two terms under the banner of the PDP as governor.
“As democrats, we concede Umahi’s rights to join any association of his choice however as federal Lawmakers we are not unaware of the Supreme Court’s decision that candidates are a product of the 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.”