Governor Umahi told journalists after casting his vote that the success of the congress was attributable to the peaceful disposition of PDP members in the state.
He said a situation where one contestant emerged for each of the available 27 positions explained vividly the peaceful nature of the PDP congress.
The governor thanked the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, for his contributions towards the success story of the state congress.
He said, “As you can see, this congress is the best so far in the land of Ebonyi State. Every thing is peaceful. I don’t think we have two people contesting one position. But by due process, the chairman still insisted that voting must take place and I commend him for that. This is a new PDP, a new spirit and as you can see, Ebonyi state is totally PDP”.
On the allegation of imposition of candidates,Governor Umah said that as a former party chairman,deputy governor and now governor of the state,he understood the negative effect of imposition of candidates,hence,he would not be party to such.
He stated that politics had not eroded the culture of Ebonyi people,who are very peaceful and accommodatiing.
Umahi expressed optimism that the new PDP executive, led by Barr.Onyekachi Nwebonyi, would surely take Ebonyi PDP to an enviable height.
The governor however admitted that the party was undergoing self-recreation in preparing itself towards reclaiming power at the centre in 2019.
The PDP state congress saw Mr Simon Anyigor emerging as the new secretary and Mr Emeka Uzo as treasurer.
Main stakeholders in the state PDP, including former Governor Sam Egwu, Senator Obinna Ogba, Deputy Governor Kelechi Igwe and immediate past Minister of State for Health, Engr.Fidelis Nwankwo, also attended the congress.