Worried by the killings in Ebonyi State, the Peoples Democratic Party has said Governor David Umahi should be held responsible for the violence.
Acting National Vice Chairman of the PDP in the South-East Zone, Chief Ali Odefa, stated this during the PDP Edda Day, which held at Echara village, Ekiti Edda community, in the Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
Odefa alleged that Umahi’s sudden threat of clampdown on cultists and their sponsors in the state was aimed at diverting public attention from his planned witch-hunt of perceived political opponents.
According to him, “It’s a lie; what the state government under Umahi is brandishing that money was missing in the department I superintended before. No money was missing. Umahi is the mother of all lies and he could get to any length to get people to believe him.
“Umahi’s government is a government of deceit, lies, family business and insincerity and I couldn’t have lasted so long in such a government. You people should not take him seriously. His government is a failure and he knows that.
“Umahi is the chief sponsor of all the killings, cult activities and intimidation currently going on in Ebonyi. We know him and we know that he is doing all these to weaken us; but he won’t succeed. He cannot succeed in forcing everybody to join him in the APC. Our people have rejected him, and this is because Ebonyi State is PDP and PDP is Ebonyi State.”
Meanwhile, the member representing Abakaliki /Izzi Federal Constituency in Ebonyi State in the House of Representatives, Sylvester Ogbaga, has faulted Umahi’s claims that National Assembly members from the state also planned defecting to the APC.
Ogbaga, who also spoke at the PDP Edda Day, said the governor only notified them of his defection after he had perfected the deal.
The lawmaker said the governor’s claim that he left PDP for APC as a protest of injustice done to the South-East by the PDP was wrong, adding that though a sitting governor, Umahi alone lacked the power to negotiate Igbo interest in national politics.