Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Wednesday, said he is a full member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and nothing.
Umahi who noted that he is 100% PDP said politics should be separated from personal relationship.
He further said that he was in deep consternation of how mischief makers could skew and slant issues to gain favour.
Umahi made this known while reacting to alleged reports that he belongs to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In a statement made available to 9News Nigeria on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Francis Nwaze, Umahi said he is enamored by President Buhari’s leadership style. And this father-son relationship has, in some jaundiced quarters, pitted him against some power brass who positioned media attackers to misconstrue and quote him out of context at every occasion.
The statement reads,
“After reading the write-up published in one of the reputable tabloids – The Nation by a faceless writer, alleging that Governor David Umahi, FNSE, FNATE shares dual loyalty to the ruling party, APC and the leading opposition party, PDP, I stared into space in utter disbelief and in deep consternation of how mischief makers could skew and slant issues to gain favour”.
“This is not healthy for our enduring democracy. In a clime such as ours where sycophancy reigns supreme as against sincerity, creating a smooth relationship with elder statesmen with zilch considerations to political and creedal leaning, become a problem – leaving one to wonder which way becomes the best Pretense, rather than sincerity? The answer is in the negative.”
“Recall on innumerable occasions have Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State vowed never to be swayed or carried away by the euphoria of power and start swimming in the dirty and murky waters of unhealthy criticisms of the opposition party – especially at the centre.”
“Governor Umahi said President Mohammadu Buhari has proven beyond doubt his irrevocable commitments to right too many wrongs done by corruption in our dear country, Nigeria, by waging war against corruption. He maintained that the President’s posture is for the nation’s interest and should be supported by all. And he has been supporting Mr. President by not making acidic comments on the person of the President on his policy issue even as a member of the opposition party as he believes that party is different from personal relationship.”
“Governor Umahi said he is enamored by President Buhari’s leadership style. This father-son relationship has, in some jaundiced quarters, pitted him against some power brass who positioned media attackers to misconstrue and quote Governor Umahi out of context at every occasion.”
“It was precisely on 29th December, 2019 during the Christmas season that delegates from Onicha and Ishielu Council Areas of Ebonyi State came to celebrate the yuletide with Governor Umahi and thank him for the new Federal College of Education that was graciously given to Ebonyi State by President Buhari.”
“While responding to them, Governor Umahi remarked that many National Assembly members have kept on claiming being responsible for the siting of the College in Ebonyi when in actual sense, it was an executive order and never influenced by any legislature. He thanked Mr. President for the approval of the siting of the college in Ebonyi State while advising some political stakeholders from the state especially members of the National Assembly to stop playing politics with the new Federal College of Education.”
“He explained that the College was not subjected to political and party lense before being given it to Ebonyi State, cautioning: “stop running from one party to another, my loyalty is hundred percent for PDP.”
“I have highest degree of respect for President Buhari even though it makes them accuse me of anti-party but Politics should be separated from personal relationship…”.
“Since Governor Umahi made that remark, enemies of the State took to social and mainstream media to lash at him – concocting all manner of write-ups geared towards smearing his image before the public.”
“Governor David Umahi has declared that he is not available to discuss politics until it is about one year to the election period as he maintained that now is time to work for those that voted him and not to do politics.”
“There’s no possibility of being both in APC and PDP at the same time.”
“He is an elected Governor under the People’s Democratic Party, a Fmr. State PDP Chairman and Fmr. Deputy Governor under PDP and his landmark and envious achievements speak volume.”
“Rather than getting the polity turbocharged by incendiary comments of opaque and self-serving elements masquerading as journalists, may I urge members of the public to ignore the charade making the rounds on social and mainstream media about Governor Umahi’s dual political loyalty as such exist in the wild imagination of the author.”