The Ebonyi State PDP Caucus in the National Assembly has distanced itself from the defection of the state governor, Dave Umahi, from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Sam Egwu, former state governor and Senator, Ebonyi North, revealed this to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
All there senators and five house of representatives members from the state are of the PDP.
Sam Egwu said the governor’s reasons for defection was “indecent” and “unwise”.
“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.”