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Umahi: PDP Moves to Halt Defection of Lawmakers
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Umahi: PDP Moves to Halt Defection of Lawmakers

The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has threatened to take legal action against any of the party’s lawmakers who decamps from the party. The warning which was issued on Friday in Abuja by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP came at a time when Ebonyi State legislators are speculated to be plotting to decamp to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The formal defection of David Umahi of Ebonyi State to the APC had made speculations rife that lawmakers at the state and federal levels were scheming to join him. “That was an issue that was discussed both at the caucus and at the NEC meeting yesterday. I want to place on record that any legislator elected on the platform of the PDP in Ebonyi State will not run away with our mandate. “I...
Umahi’s SA on Internal Security, Public Utilities Quits Position
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Umahi’s SA on Internal Security, Public Utilities Quits Position

Special Assistant to Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Internal Security and Public Utilities (Urban), Egwu Chidiebere has resigned his appointment with immediate effect. The development comes after Umahi formally announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) on Tuesday. The latest resignation is coming merely five days after the Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs, Lazarus Ogbee, quit his appointment with the state government. Chidiebere submitted his resignation letter to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugbala, on Thursday, at the Cabinet Officer, Abakaliki, Punch reports. The letter partly read, “Consequently, I hereby respectfully resign my appointment as the SA on Interna...
Ebonyi PDP Chairman: Dissolution of State Executive Ridiculous
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Ebonyi PDP Chairman: Dissolution of State Executive Ridiculous

Onyekachi Nwebonyi, chairman of the Ebonyi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), state executive recently dissolved by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has described the dissolution as laughable. Nwebonyi disclosed this in a statement in Abakaliki on Wednesday. He said the dissolution is unconstitutional and illegal, adding that the party’s state executive committee will head to court to challenge the decision. “It is laughable to think that the NWC would just get up and dissolve a state executive committee because the governor or a few individuals want to leave the party,” he said. According to Nwebonyi, the state executives made concerted efforts to dissuade Governor Umahi from leaving the PDP to the All Progressive Congress (APC). He said the state execut...
Wike Reacts to Umahi’s Defection, Says 2023 Ambition Behind Move  
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Wike Reacts to Umahi’s Defection, Says 2023 Ambition Behind Move  

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has claimed that Governor David Umahi’s defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC) was informed by his 2023 political ambitions. This comes after the Ebonyi State governor in a state broadcast on Tuesday said his defection to the ruling party was occasioned by his conviction that the APC cares more about the interest of the South East zone. The Ebonyi state governor said that he was quitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to the injustice meted out to the people of the zone despite years of overwhelming support for the party. Reacting to the development, Wike in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kevin Ebiri said that contrary to claims made by Umahi, the PDP had been fair to the South-East zone. Wike said tha...
Umahi’s Defection: Full Text of his State Broadcast
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Umahi’s Defection: Full Text of his State Broadcast

BROADCAST BY THE GOVERNOR OF EBONYI STATE, ENGR. DAVID NWEZE UMAHI, FNSE, FNATE ON HIS PROTEST AGAINST THE INJUSTICE BEING DONE TO SOUTH-EAST BY THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) AND HIS DEFECTION TO ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) 1. Let me first clarify that I never sought for PDP presidential ticket and so, whosoever is saying that I moved to APC because they refused to zone the ticket to me is being very mischievous because even if PDP promises an individual a presidential ticket; how does it work when over 8000 delegates will be electing the person and such promise cannot happen with ten or twenty people. So, people are being very mischievous about that but they are a lot of prominent people from South East, I don't want to list them but I think the House of Assembly members in th...