Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has restated his commitment and loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) even as he confirmed the decision of South-East governors to table the complaints of Pro-Biafra agitators with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor was reacting to speculations in a section of the media that he was planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) when the leadership of the Abakpa Main Market Traders Association, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Abakaliki.
He said, “When I said publicly that Ebonyi people will support Mr. President, they said, we have moved to the APC. PDP remains our party and will remain our party.
“But we need help and the way to get it is not to start castigating the President and no governor should castigate the President. But opposition belongs to the political parties. For me and you, we are still bonafide members of the PDP”.
On the increasing wave of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Gov. Umahi stated that the South-East governors had listened to the complaints of the IPOB agitators and had decided to discuss them with the president.
“We have listened to the complaints of the boys. There is no way anybody could say that what they are saying is completely outside the truth, but just like husband and wife, you must have a way of getting along through dialogue.
“The governors of the South-East have taken up their matter to discuss with Mr. President and I believe that we don’t need another war in this country. I want to plead with you to encourage whoever is involved that we have taken up the matter and we will do everything possible to make sure that their feelings are addressed.
“We should not support secession. We should not support demonstrations; we should not support the castigation of our leaders”.