The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dissolved the South-East Zonal Caretaker Committee of the party, headed by Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi’s brother, Austin Umahi.
This, apparently, is the main opposition party’s response to the defection of Gov. Umahi, Tuesday, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDP NWC in a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Tuesday also dissolved the ward, local government and state executive committees of the Ebonyi state chapter of the party forthwith. Members of the executive of the party at these levels are believed to be, mostly, loyalists of Gov. Umahi.
Ologbondiyan said that the NWC made the decisions arising from a crucial meeting on Tuesday.
He said that the decisions were pursuant to the powers conferred on the NWC by the PDP Constitution.
Also, the PDP, on Tuesday, said that Gov. Umahi left the party for personal reasons, which Nigerians will come to know at the appropriate time.
The party in another statement, also issued by Ologbondiyan, appreciated Umahi for the services rendered to the people of Ebonyi, which, according to Ologbondiyan, include when he served as the State Chairman of Ebonyi PDP (2003 to 2007); deputy governor of the state (2007 to 2015) and two term governor of Ebonyi (2015 till date), all elected on the platform of the PDP.
Ologbondiyan, while wishing Umahi the best in his current adventure, called on PDP members to remain calm and committed to the ideals of the party, saying no individual is bigger than the PDP.
The governor on Thursday, while confirming his defection from the PDP to the APC, said he would not regret the decision no matter its outcome.