Anyim Pius Anyim, who was the former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation Republic of Nigeria, has reacted to allegations made against him by Dave Nweze Umahi, the state Governor of Ebonyi State.
The former senate president accused Governor Umahi of hatching a plan to assassinate him and other prominent leaders in Ebonyi State.
According to Anyim, it all began when he and other political leaders in PDP refused to follow Dave Umahi in his “political adventure” to decamp to All Progressive Congress.
Recall that Dave Umahi, the Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, had recently decamped from PDP to APC.
Governor Umahi’s defection to All Progressive Congress has since plunged Ebonyi State into a political crisis amid recriminations, counter-accusations, and accusations.
Dave Umahi, the state Governor, had on Friday after the state security council meeting alleged that the former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, Obinna Ogba, Sam Egwu, and PDP acting Vice-Chairman, South-east, Ali Odefa, of plotting to use IPOB members to cause trouble in the state.
But according to an open letter to President Buhari, and copied to Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, DSS Director-General, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Anyim said Governor Umahi was raising dust to “divert the attention of the public before he strikes.”
The former SGF described Governor David Nweze Umahi as a leader under a curse, saying, “It is clear that Gov. Umahi may have been told that he needed to kill a high profile person to achieve his mad ambition. Ebonyians should be wise to know that Umahi is under a spell, and those he is prepared to use for the killing should know that after using them, he will also plan to kill them to cover his track. “
“The only offense we committed is that we refused to follow Gov. Umahi in his political adventure.
“We do not know when belonging to parties of one’s choice has become an offense against a Governor or means fighting a Governor.”
“In his delusion, he believed his lies that he is the only man who matters in Ebonyi State. He did not consult with anybody notable before consummating his defection to APC. After his defection, no person of note followed him.
“Unable to contain and manage the unsavory reactions from the public, he ran to my home in the company of some high-profile people, on the 20th of November 2020, and pleaded with me to defect to APC, saying that if I do, others will follow suit. I pointed out to him that his approach has made it almost impossible for anybody to defect.
“He pleaded with me that if I cannot defect now, I should not attend any PDP meetings, and I said no, I must attend PDP meetings as long as I am in PDP.
“He realized that he could not persuade anybody when he saw the crème of Ebonyi Elders and citizens that gathered for the inauguration of the PDP Caretaker Committee. He could no longer sleep and declared war on everyone who has refused to defect with him,” Anyim said.
According to the former Senate President, the Governor raised the recent allegations because he wants to shed blood before achieving his present enterprise.
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