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I won’t return to Umahi’s govt, says ex-SSG


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A former Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, Prof. Benard Odoh, has dispelled rumours that he has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said despite being in the same party with Governor David Umahi at the moment, he is not considering returning to “an administration he disagreed with on the basis of principles”.

Odoh made these known while hosting his supporters to a Christmas party in his Umuezeokoha country home, Ezza North Local Government Area.

He explained that the clarifications become necessary given the heightened speculations of the defection of Umahi from the PDP to the APC had generated.

Odoh encouraged his supporters and all Ebonyians to always hope for a better tomorrow, maintaining that he was still actively part of the APC family

His words: “I am still part of the APC family. I have not defected to any party. I don’t operate in the dark. If I have any reason to do otherwise, I will communicate with our people as and when due.

“For now, I am fully deep in APC activities. So, there is no reason for our supporters and Ebonyians to panic because there’s no election at the moment.”

The former governorship aspirant in the 2018 primaries of the APC in the state also asked his supporters never to express any worry or anxiety over  “discriminatory treatments” meted out to them in the APC since Umahi became a member of the party.

Odoh later told reporters that he would not return to the Umahi government, saying “I will run for an election” in 2023.

Said he: “I don’t waiver on issues and I am consistent in my style. So, if the issues that led to my exit has not been addressed, though we are now the same Party members, as a loyal Party man, when critical decisions are important, the Party will take decisions.

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“I’m not against any man but I am strongly against the wrong priorities of government whether in my party or outside it.”

The former SSG said whereas he wishes the governor well in the APC, his position that whatever policy that must be driven should be that which lifts the people from poverty and not that which escalates it.

He added: “We should talk more about governance and development now than to focus on an election that will come in (about) three years. I have encouraged my supporters to focus on things that will improve their lives and on governance issues that will help our people.

“But as for 2023, definitely, I will run for an election, but then, INEC and political parties are yet to declare activities for the election and so, it is too early in the day to begin to heat up the system.”

Reacting to impressions in certain quarters that the APC was unpopular in Ebonyi State before Umahi’e entry, Odoh countered that the party has been largely successful in the state even in the last general elections.

The former governorship aspirant cautioned some political actors in the state to stop supporting and encouraging youths to go into cultism and empowering them with guns and cutlasses to maim and kill themselves.

 

 



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