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South East: No PDP gov 'll decamp to APC - Umahi

By Charles lwuoha, Enugu on 22/11/2019

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•Southeast PDP Chairman Austin Umahi
•Southeast PDP Chairman Austin Umahi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-East zone yesterday denied in strong terms media reports alleging that two PDP Governors from the region have concluded plans to ditch the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The zonal Chairman of the Party, Chief Austin Umahi, in a press statement signed by him, described the report as a mere tissue of lies coming from a non-existent group and therefore, urged the general public to discountenance it.

Chief Umahi said if not for the purposes of guiding the unsuspecting public, he wouldn’t have ordinarily dissipated any energy reacting to a ranting of one Okechukwu Isiguzoro and his cohorts having been properly briefed of their stock in trade since after they were shamed out of the authentic Youth Wing of Ohanaeze Worldwide for their nefarious activities years ago.

He therefore, warned Okechukwu Isiguzoro and his cohorts to desist from instigating false rumour, castigating and/or blackmailing highly respected Igbo leaders including the state governors of the zone using the name of Ohanaeze.

According to him, there is no iota of truth whosoever in the reports circulating in the media that two PDP Governors from the zone had concluded plans to dump the party for APC; as it is wholly a figment of the imagination of Isiguzoro Okechukwu and his cohorts.

He said the four PDP Governors in the zone are fully committed to the party and was laughable for mischief makers to link any of them with defection, simply to score cheap political point.

The Chairman maintained that the PDP Governors in liaison with the leadership of the party in the zone would continue to work in ensuring that the zone was totally in control of PDP by taking over Anambra State next year.

He recalled that in the build up to 2019 general elections, there were similar speculations and rumors about PDP Governors in the zone, but all of it turned out to be conjectures from mischief makers for reasons best known to them, as the party remained stronger and performed excellently well in the elections, evidenced by the victory of the party in the Imo state governorship election.

He said the people of the Southeast zone are at home with the PDP, being a party that has shown enough commitment to their welfare by unrelentlessly and consistently offering dividends of democracy to them, and as such, no elected official under the party's platform would think of committing political suicide in the name of defection to an unknown party in the zone.

He noted that the party under his leadership has performed exceedingly well, having enlarged the party’s coast by adding Imo among the states being controlled by the party in the zone, adding that the party was already working towards taking over Anambra State come next year’s governorship election.

He further commended the PDP Governors especially those of the South-East extraction for living up to their campaign promises, citing the award of best Governor of the year 2019 to David Umahi by a reputable Media institution, Business Day newspaper, a day ago, as one of the eloquent testimonies that the PDP Governors are performing excellently well.

Umahi said the PDP under his leadership in the zone remains focused and cannot rest in its determination to building a stronger and united PDP, adding that neither the party nor the Governors elected under it could be distracted by the antics of political jobbers.

Chief Umahi, however, urged the public to disregard the defection rumor, especially as it is coming from an unsteady character, who has no integrity to protect.

Source News Express

Posted 22/11/2019 7:11:06 PM





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