…..Says Ebonyi, South-East still a PDP Stronghold
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Coordinator of PDPCOALITION, Chief Dr. Emeka Kalu has urged stakeholders and members of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) not to be jittery over the defection of the Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, Engr. Dave Nweze Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Party (APC).
Kalu, stated this through a solidarity statement signed by him urging members of the party not to be bothered by the defection of Governor Umahi, stressing that Umahi’s action cannot weaken PDP in Ebonyi State and South-East in general.
According to the former guber aspirant, the defection does not change PDP narrative in the state and the southeast saying PDP as a party is like a religion with large fellowship across the state and southeast in general.
Kalu advised PDP faithfuls not to be swayed by political persuasions assuring that Umahi’s defection was a good riddance to bad rubbish and that his defection would not derail the Igbos from opposing the failed APC led government.
Kalu called on Nigerians to emulate civilised climes where people are identified with Party ideology irrespective of the party in power.
He noted with concern that cross carpeting has become prominent in the Nigerian political scene because people have refused to imbibe healthy political ideologies and culture but prefer to use Political Parties as platforms to gain political power.
“In developed democracies people are inclined to Party ideologies and platforms, Democrats or Republicans. Even in some African Countries, you hardly see people jumping from one Party to another for selfish interest.
“I see the development as cheap political blackmail where a person chooses to dent his Party which has brought him to limelight in order to gain acceptance in another Party”, Kalu stated.
Kalu further stated that Governor Umahi was an APC member in spirit even when he was in PDP stating that Umahi was a known traitor and saboteur.
“Governor Umahi prior to his formal announcement was a member of the APC in spirit. He cannot claim to be leaving PDP now because he’s a known APC member and Buhari’s boy.”
“Umahi worked openly for the APC and Buhari in 2019 and he cannot deny it. Umahi as a PDP member refused to campaign for our presidential candidate in the 2019 general election; he initially wanted to use the decision of choosing Peter Obi as PDP Vice Presidential candidate as an excuse.”