Monica Explains Gov. Umahi’s Stand on Peter Obi’s Nomination as Atiku’s Vice Presidential Candidate

…Accuse Opponents of Imputing Erroneous Insinuations to the South East Governors’ Forum Chairman’s Stand. 

Lady Monica Ada Chidinma Eze the founder and President of David Umahi Nweze Akubaraoha Ebonyi Transformation agenda (DUNAETA) a vibrant, virile grassroots NGO based in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi state which main aim is promotion of  democracy and good governance in Ebonyi State accuse political opponents of Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State of imputing erroneous insinuations to the position of the Governor over the nomination of Chief Peter Obi as the Vice Presidential candidate to the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar GCON.

Lady Eze notes with sadness that many of the commentators misfired on the statement by the Governor that the South East Governors and PDP leadership in the region were not consulted or approached before the public announcement and presentation of Chief Peter Obi as the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 general elections by the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar

Monica Eze Aka Ada Ebonyi explained that people should understand that Governor Umahi was not speaking as the Governor of Ebonyi State but as the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum which places him as the Leader of PDP in the region.

In this regard, she reasoned that if in that position will it be right to have picked one of the great sons of the region for such an exalted position like the Vice President of PDP without due consultation with such an apex body like the SE Governors Forum and PDP leadership in the region and should the leader of such a group just keep quiet in order to please some political leaders from the region who fail to appreciate the position of Governor Umahi in this regard.

Monica reiterated that Governor Umahi is not interested on who becomes the Vice President and has nothing against Peter Obi as he is a personal friend to him but at least protocol and due process should be followed to carry along key stakeholders that will assist in mobilising Ndi -Igbo and Nigerians for the success of PDP in the 2019 general elections.

Monica reemphasised that this notwithstanding,  “Gov. Umahi by his position today is a stakeholder so far politics is concerned in the South East region, besides he mobilised and assisted in no small measure the election of the PDP Presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar during the Convention of the party and for some people now after his emergence as the presidential candidate of the party aggregates to themselves the powers to determine what happens in the party excluding the Governors that have been sustaining the party in the region is to me most unfortunate, unacceptable and sad”.

She further expressed thanks to the PDP leadership in the region that met during the weekend at Enugu to affirm the position of Governor Umahi and aligned herself with their position that politics can’t thrive without due consultation.

The Southeast PDP leaders at the end of their meeting in Enugu through Chief Austin Umahi the Vice National Chairman of PDP South East Zone acknowledged and appreciated the concession of vice presidency to their zone and statrf further, “The fact is that Peter Obi is our son and we are not rejecting him, but the presidential candidate has not informed us formally. Any position zoned to Ndigbo must be discussed and agreement reached so that the right thing is done in line with the peculiar nature of Igbo politics and their quest for politics of inclusiveness,”

She appeals to Commentators on this sensitive issue to be considerate and avoid using abusive words on Governor Umahi knowing very well that he means well for Nigeria particularly Ndi -Igbo that he is representing their mandate in his position as the Chairman of the south East Governors Forum”.

DUNAETA President stated that not minding this political blunder, she has faith in Atiku do the needful by seating with the PDP leaders from the region to resolve this issue amicably to enable us as a party to succeed in our mission of rescuing the country from those that lacks the vision on what to do about the unfortunate state of our nation.