The People Democratic Party in Ebonyi are said to be engulfed in crisis, following the statement on the Proposed National Conference credited to Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State.
Two stalwarts of the party, one a member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency, Hon Tobias Okwuru and the other the former state Chairman of the party, Chief Obinna Ogba today engaged in a war of words.
In statement which was signed by the lawmaker and made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, he said; “If we must put the records straight, Chief Obinna Ogba was a founding member of the All People’s Party (APP) in 1998, who eventually found his way into the PDP and was entrusted with the party’s leadership. Ebonyi cannot forget in a hurry the violence, the intimidation, abuse of due process and financial corruption which characterised his regime as the chairman of the party until he was eased out by his effort to become the chairman of the party and the state governor in 2007.
“Ebonyi people in 2007 decided to choose Chief Martin Elechi against Chief Obinna Ogba. No amount of mischief, character assassination, propaganda or name calling will derail the state governor from his unalloyed support for President Goodluck Jonathan and refute the governor’s monumental developmental achievement in the state.”
Hon Okwuru maintained that while the National leadership of PDP exonerated Chief Martin Elechi on December 30, 2013, of any wrong doing, Chief Obinna Ogba still went ahead to propagate the unfounded allegation and poured inventive on the governor, not minding the national party’s position on the matter.
In his response the former state chairman, Chief Obinna Ogba described the comments of Hon Tobias Okwuru as the comment of a sinking politician who was desperate to see the party leadership rescue him from his monumental failure of adequate representation of the people of Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency.