PDP Youth Leader regrets supporting Umahi in 2015

By Political Editor

The South-East People’s Democratic Party Youth Leader, Comrade Chidiebere Goodluck-Egwu, has expressed strong regret for supporting the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Umahi to emerge governor in 2015.

The PDP Youth Leader, stated this a statement he made available to journalists in Abakaliki, on Saturday morning.

According to Egwu, since Governor Umahi’s defection to the All Progressives Congress last November, his utterances had been targeted at PDP leaders in the state with an intent to hound, harass and clamp down on the party men and women that made him what he is today.

According to him, no sooner did Umahi defect to the APC than he labelled peace-loving leaders of PDP as sponsors of IPOB, terrorists and cultists, saying the allegation they had remained unsubstantiated till date.

The statement read in part, ”It has become very expedient that I react to the unwarranted attack on my person by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi. The State’s Chief Executive in a recent meeting with the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Zone 9, Etem Ene Okon in Abakaliki claimed in a viral audio message to his guests that my humble self, alongside other prominent leaders of my great Party- the People’s Democratic Party should be held responsible for attacks on security agencies by bandits and unknown gunmen in the State.

“In the said viral audio message, Governor Umahi who ordinarily should be most cautious in order to allow the heads of security agencies to properly conduct their investigations, has become both the accuser and the judge in a matter as crucial as security by virtue of these phantom allegations.Let me go down memory lane.

“My frustrating journey with Umahi since 2014.It bears placing on record that my relationship with the Governor started in 2014 when he first beckoned on me to work with him. Through my singular effort, I galvanized a platform known as Ebonyi Youth Liberation Forum- a frontline youth’s platform that eventually brought the ungrateful emperor to power in 2015.

“Even as I express my profound regrets over my decision to have ever supported Umahi, I wish to recall that it was my very unique role that made him to appoint me as a State’s Youth leader of the PDP in the first instance. Having discharged my responsibilities creditably as a Youth leader and with the overwhelming confidence on my person by my then leader, he in his archetypal self now wanted me promoted and I was eventually elected as the Zonal Youth leader of the PDP in the South East even though some sinister motives were behind this his decision.

“Having garnered more trusts and further confidence of my then principal, it is worthy to remind that I was again, one of the firsts to be appointed a Technical Assistant to the Governor on internal security- during which period I personally took it upon myself to ensure Ebonyi was peaceful and very safe for the residents.

“I was not only highly commended by my then boss, I was also further elevated to the position of a Special Assistant to the Governor on Internal Security (Urban), during which period there was yet a very peaceful ambience in the State and of course, I was never found wanting in the discharge of my duties."

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