The South-East Peoples Democratic Party, Youth Leader, Comrade Chidiebere Goodluck-Egwu, Saturday expressed regret for supporting the person of Engr. David Umah to emerge Governor of Ebonyi State in 2015.
Egwu who was the former interim Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area of the State, argued that since Governor Umahi’s defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC last November, his utterances had been targeted at PDP leaders with the alleged intent to hound, harass and clamp down on the party men and women that contributed to his emergence.
The PDP Youth Leader, stated this in a statement he made available to journalists in Abakaliki.
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 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 the 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 started 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 State that I was again, one of the first 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.”