Three National Assembly were Absent in PDP Convention in Ebonyi
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Ebonyi PDP senators
by Nkechinyere Oginiyi Aug 9, 2020
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State, South
East Nigeria, on Saturday reelected the 39-member State
Working Committee for a second tenure of office.
The party congress took place at the Abakaliki Township
Stadium and was well attended by the party members drawn
from the 13 council areas of the state.
But the three senators from Ebonyi State – Sam Egwu (Ebonyi
North), Ama Nnachi (Ebonyi South) and Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi
Central) – and a House of Representatives member, Iduma
Igariwey, representing Afikpo North/South Federal Constituency
– all elected on the platform of the PDP, boycotted the state
Four out of five House of Representatives members elected on
the platform of PDP attended and participated at the congress.
BusinessDay gathered that the absence of the three senators
and the Rep member at the exercise may not be unconnected
with their alleged demand for the change of all the state party
executives ahead of 2023 general elections.
The state governor, David Umahi, who participated in the
congress called for peace and unity in the party.
He noted that there was no reason for tension in the polity in
He invited all the National Assembly members elected under
the platform of PDP for a caucus meeting on Thursday to
resolve the differences and move the party forward.
“The best thing is to put your confidence in God, support the
people and support the government. If you like, you can go 20
times. If your people need you, what is my own problem? I am
not going to make trouble, become enemy to people,” Umahi
“I have nothing to fear and I must not replace myself. God will
bring my successor. So, there should be no tension in Ebonyi
State. We still have one year and a half to work, the other one
year plus is all politics and empowerment. But we have to
“There are those who are Ebonyians but not Ebonyians. There
are those who think that they can bring leadership to Ebonyi
State from outside. It is not so because Ebonyi has come of
age. This is government of the people, for the people, by the
people, to the people.
“I want to commend our National Assembly members. If
anybody has angered you, please caucus leader we will have a
meeting on Thursday evening, tell the other senators and Reps
who are not here. I am the father of the state and we have
worked together 2015, 2019. There is nothing that can divide
us, whatever is any misgiving if any, let us discuss on
Thursday and move forward. This is very important,” he said.
The chairman of the State Electoral Committee, Chinwe Mba,
declared the former state chairman, Onyekachi Nwebonyi, and
his other executives who were unopposed as duly elected to
pilot the affairs of the party in the next four years.
Nwebonyi, in his speech, assured that the state executives of
the party will continue to entrench internal democracy in the