- “We cannot bow to any blackmail” Secondus Tells Umahi
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello hinted on Thursday, that more governors of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP are making plans to join the All Progressives Congress,APC.
Bello stated this while reacting to the defection of the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi from the PDP to APC.
The Kogi Governor added that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, would be the last governor to join the ruling party.
According to him, the party had before now pencilled down 10 PDP Governors for a tentative defection to the APC in the coming months as 2023 politicking continues to build up far ahead of time.
Bello described Umahi as a believer in the APC even when he was a member of the opposition party. Bello said, “Umahi is with us, others are coming.
“Other governors are already knocking. They are on their way. We will be unveiling them one after the other.
“Wike might be the last to join the All Progressives Congress. Others are lining up.”
The defection of Umahi to the APC has continued to raise dust as concerns mount in the PDP over a possible exit of other Governors and top PDP bigwigs in the Southeast from the party.
But the PDP has said the strength of the party in Ebonyi and southeast was intact in spite of Umahi’s defection to the ruling party.
PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus said this in his remark at the 90th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP held at its national headquarters, Wadata Plaza, on Thursday in Abuja.
Secondus said that the PDP refused to be blackmailed on reasons given by Umahi for his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“You must have read the eventual defection of Umahi to the ruling APC on Tuesday and his provocative reason of an allegation of injustice against South East by the party.
“We have refused to join issues with him in any way but we cannot bow to any blackmail.
“What I can report to NEC is that the strength of our party in Ebonyi state and southeast is intact and the NWC has taken necessary steps to protect and guard it.
“The real season that informed this decision will soon be exposed,” the national chairman said.
Secondus, who briefed the NEC on PDP performance in Edo and Ondo governorship elections, said that the party was liaising with its members in the National Assembly to ensure that a fraud-free law was put in place ahead of 2023.
“Within our family also, we are putting all hands on deck to ensure we enter the next election stronger as one united and harmonious family.
“To achieve this, I solicit the full and undiluted cooperation of NEC.”