DEFECTION: YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN – EBONYI SENATORS, REPS TELL UMAHI

Written by on November 19, 2020

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS FROM EBONYI STATE ELECTED ON THE PLATFORM OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) HAVE SAID THEY WOULD NOT DEFECT TO THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC).

THE PDP CAUCUS IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WAS REACTING TO THE DEFECTION OF GOVERNOR DAVE UMAHI.

ON TUESDAY, CHAIRMAN OF SOUTH-EAST GOVERNORS FORUM ANNOUNCED HE WAS JOINING THE APC, ENDING MONTHS OF SPECULATIONS. HE CLAIMED HIS ACTION WAS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE MARGINALISATION AND INJUSTICE METED TO THE SOUTH EAST BY THE PDP, THE PARTY HE HAD SUPPORTED SINCE NIGERIA’S RETURN TO DEMOCRACY IN 1999.

HE SAID HE WAS MIFFED BY THE PARTY’S SILENCE ON WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD ZONE ITS 2023 PRESIDENTIAL TICKET TO THE SOUTH-EAST.

THE GOVERNOR PREDICTED A MASS EXODUS OF LEADERS AND MEMBERS FROM PDP TO APC IN THE REGION.

BUT FEDERAL LAWMAKERS FROM EBONYI SAID NO MEMBER OF THE CAUCUS WAS DEFECTING. LEADER AND FORMER GOVERNOR, SENATOR SAM EGWU, DECLARED THAT THE THREE SENATORS AND FIVE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MEMBERS REMAIN IN THE PDP.


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