Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has described the recent rumours of his planned defection to the All Progressives Congress as a means by the opposition candidate to seek escape from his bitting pains of defeat.
Some media platforms were yesterday awashed by rumours allegedly emanating from Sonni Ogbuorji, the APC candidate in the just concluded governorship election that Governor Umahi had perfected plans to defect to the APC after May, 29.
Reacting, Umahi who is also the governor – elect under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, said that Senator Sonni Ogbuorji’s statement lacked both merit and significance.
Speaking on Wednesday, through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, in Abakaliki, Umahi maintained that the action was borne out of frustration adding that the landslide Victor by Governor Umahi of PDP has disorganized Ogbuorji.
He stressed that it would be foolhardy for anyone to think that he would leave the Party he has invested much to nurture in the South-East for a strange one, especially now the PDP has stamped it’s prominence in the South-East, South-South and some other parts of the country.
Uzor said: “You should know of course, that the pains of defeat essentially to the magnitude which he was defeated could make someone go mad.
“So we are taking it that the man has gone mad.
“Rather than accepting defeat, the verdict the people of Ebonyi state has shown in their ballot; because he has been rejected by the people, Ogbuorji has taken his campaign propaganda far beyond the state to Enugu where he briefed the Press recently.
“To say the least, Senator Ogbuorji’s statement smacks of frustration because he was not only trounced by Umahi but was stripped off the little remaining man in him politically, thereby making him irrelevant in the political space in Ebonyi State.
“Come to think of it, Ogbuorji alleged in his press conference that Governor Umahi was a mole in PDP, a statement that is not just unfortunate but irresponsible because he (Ogbuorji) lacks all moral justifications to know who is a mole and who is not because he represented what a typical mole in APC was.
“How come Senator Ogbuorji never resigned his membership of the PDP, a party on whose platform he was elected a senator twice even in his deficiency in both character and intellectual content?
“How come Senator Ogbuorji who claimed to be the governorship candidate of APC compromised on the presidential election to the extent of losing his own polling unit and ward to the PDP?
“These and more are some of the mind bugging jigsaws that characterize the personality and questionable integrity of Ogbuorji as a fair-weather political hen that has lost touch with reality; a man gasping for political breath.
“If Ogbuorji was not a mole in APC, how come he won clearly his own Governorship election in his polling unit and ward which he clearly lost during the presidential election?
“This was part of his unholy agreement with some PDP National Assembly candidates whom he entered into agreement with to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari did not garner any vote in Ebonyi state.
“Unknown to him, the APC National Working Committee knows the character of Ogbuorji as a man whose integrity is in question, a serial political blackmailer and a seasoned betrayer.”