The Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State, Chief Fred Udogu has alleged that the State Governor, Chief David Umahi who is an APC member is threatening his life by sending thugs after him.
Udogu made the claim Monday in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State while speaking to journalist. “For the Governor, it means that everybody must join him to APC and if you don’t join him, you are his enemy. And that is his own position. Political parties are like organizations where anybody has his or her own mind to join or not. The problem is that, if he had left PDP quietly, nobody would have had issues with him. But he left PDP and still fighting us and initiated a fight in PDP which is not fair.” He said.
In a lengthy narrative, Udogu went on to give details of the state’s politicking and his ‘critical’ role in getting Umahi elected to the Governor’s seat.
He said “I was one of the instruments which God used to install Dave Umahi as the Governor, he can’t say he doesn’t know. He knows what I did. I nominated him to Elechi as the caretaker Chairman”.
“He has left PDP and I was nominated to head the Party. I didn’t fight him and I had no intention to fight him. He is busy sending me WhatsApp messages I sent to him years back, when we were more friendly to people and to me, reminding me of the past. But did I gain anything from him as a Governor? no. That’s why I’m not complaining.
“He directed that I should return the Tucson vehicle that was given to me, I sent the vehicle back to him. That was the last thing of him I had. And I’m happy that I sent the vehicle back to him. I don’t have anything from Dave in my house today. By Gods Grace, I’m happy about it.
“For him to have ordered that i should return that vehicle, means that he doesn’t know or remember the past. He forgot so easily. Car is nothing to me for the role I played for him to become Chairman, deputy Governor and now Governor.
“But the one I will not take lightly, is the threat to my life because he is busy sending text messages I sent to him to some thugs who didn’t know me very well. Because if they knew, they wouldn’t have done that. I trust in God and God works for me. I have gotten the identity of most of them.
“But the Governor should stop sending people after me because that is not the way he can silence me. I said, I was not going to attack him, that I was not going to be confrontational to him. I’m going to concentrate in the running and reorganizing of PDP but if he attacks me, there could be possibilities of not getting me, God is there but there could be reactions.
“I have never joined cult in my life, if he says all of us are cultists, no problem, including him. But it will be better for him and the state if he will mind his own business, and do the runnings of the state. Yes, there are areas he has done well, I can appreciate and thank God for giving us somebody like him in such areas he has done well. Let him concentrate in his administration and leave me alone and some other people.
“Let them stop threatening my life because I’m not from the wind, I’m a human being. They have to be very careful, because if anything happens to me, if there is any attempt on my life, there will be questions.
“He talked to me on 7th in the night, I know the date and time. He was busy sending to me WhatsApp messages and I didn’t reply him. He is still the Governor of my state.
“His boys started talking and sending to me text messages even calling me on phone making threats. They are not operating from the moon. They are within Ebonyi state. He should be very careful. I respect Umahi as the Governor of my state.
“His boys are threatening me. I can show you some of the text messages they sent to me. And each of them that sent text, have continued to say that I must apologize to the Governor with immediate effect.”
He added that he’s also notified the state’s security agencies to the many threats, saying: “I am appealing that he should stop threatening me.. The security agencies have equally been called upon by my humble self to know that if anything happens to me at any point in time, this is the beginning and it is not going to end up well in this state if anything happens to me.” He said
Reacting to the accusations levelled against him, the Governor who spoke through his special assistant on Media, Francis Nwaza denied the said threat on the PDP caretaker chairman, Chief Fred Udogu, and called on the citizens of the State to disregard it adding that the PDP caretaker chairman is out to tarnish his image.
“He said that the Governor is sending thugs, how will people be making allegations without evidence? What is the proof that the Governor sent somebody? The Governor is very busy with the development of the state and as I speak with you now, the Governor was on inspection today.
The Governor went further to say that he is too focused on the development of the state.
“The governor is APC and APC is the Governor, and he is so focused. Maybe they are having internal crisis or not. It is their problem and why are they dragging the name of the governor into it?” He asked.
It remains to be seen how these accusations and denials and counter-accusations pan out.