By Our Reporter

Concerned All Progressives Congress, APC founding members from Ebonyi state at the weekend dragged Mr Chijioke Uwa who had earlier accused Governor David Umahi over various claims to the national leadership of the party.

The group led by the Pioneer party’s Secretary in the state, Chief Chaka Nweze, disclosed this in a statement signed and forwarded to the turning point news in Abakaliki.

The chieftains in the petition addressed and submitted to the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the party, Alhaji Mai Buni said that it was disheartening that Uwa and his sponsors will deceive the public with such a petition against the governor.

The statement reads in part: “Our petition has been duly received and acknowledged by the party’s national leadership and we made it known that as founding members of the party in the state, we would not fold hands and allow Uwa and his cohorts to deceive the public.

“Uwa and his group had their disillusioned, selfish hope of reaping from the governor’s defection dashed as the governor brought fantastic stability to the party, giving all strata of the party fairness and just accommodation.

“When it became obvious that the governor brought his magic wand and stuck to fairness and equity to both old and new members, the likes of Uwa knew that their nefarious past had found them out.

“Realising that they had lost out, they now resorted to calling the governor names with frivolous allegations such as not carrying the old APC members along,”.

The group reiterated their points by outlining all the critical stakeholders of the party in the state and pointing that all of them were in full support of the governor.

“Who can point to any critical old APC member in the state that is not with the governor and we would tell when such person joined the party.

“The last federal board appointments allotted to party members in the state have the old APC members with about 65 percent which is a very fair deal in an intricate venture like politics.

“The immediate past former governor of the state and Umahi’s boss Chief Martin Elechi has been present in all APC meetings despite his tight schedules, former gubernatorial candidate and Chief Executive Officer of Barcelona hotels Abuja, Chief Edward Nkwegu, Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Responsibility Commission (RMFAC) Chief Elias Mbam, attend meetings convened by the governor and solidly supported him.

“A present member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Chinedu Ogah is with the governor and continually delivers dividends of democracy to his constituency, former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Christopher Omo-Isu among others too numerous to mention are with the governor,” the group added