A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, on Thursday, accused Ebonyi State lawmakers in the National Assembly of playing “childish politics” by disowning Governor Dave Umahi, who recently left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling party.
The lawmakers in a press conference on Wednesday said that Umahi was on his own.
Speaking through their leader and former Governor of the State, Senator Sam Egwu, the Ebonyi PDP National Assembly caucus had said Governor Umahi was the greatest beneficiary of PDP’s patronage in the state, adding that he should have been grateful to the party.
But Gololo, while responding to the lawmakers’ position, said it amounts to childish politics for anyone to think that the Umahi had no right to associate with any group or political party of his choice.
He said: “That one called Sam Egwu was there for 8 years, what he does during his tenure? Go to Abakiliki and environs now and see how Umahi has transformed the entire place like Abuja.
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“His (Umahi’s) defection to APC is a big plus for us. We have caught a big fish and the PDP can’t even get crayfish. That’s why they are angry. But they can’t do anything about it.
“They are angry that, before President Buhari came, it was four PDP Governors in the 5 States of the South East with no APC at all. But now, we have two Governors from there, the PDP has only 2 while APGA is in control of 1 state,” Gololo said.
The APC chieftain called on Senator Egwu and other Ebonyi lawmakers in the National Assembly, to toe the line of Governor Umahi, “who has seen the light, and made the people of Ebonyi feel the impulse of federal presence.”
When asked if he would support Governor Umahi for the presidency in 2023, Dr. Gololo said “2023 is in the hands of God,” stressing that, his joy was that the Ebonyi Governor was one of the best in the South East and that he is now a member of the APC.