Chief Fred Udogu, the caretaker chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State chapter, alleged that Chief David Umahi the State Governor, is sending thugs after his life.
Chief Fred Udogu made this known while speaking with some journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital.
Chief Fred Udogu’s statement reads: “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 position. Political parties are like organizations where anybody has his/her mind to join or not.
“I have been a PDP member before Umahi came into politics, and he cannot decide for me a party to join. 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.
“We are not in court because of the PDP Secretariat. The Secretariat belongs to PDP whether anybody likes it or not. It was built under Dave as the PDP Chairman by the former Governor His Excellency Chief Martin Elechi.
“Nobody is dragging the Secretariat; it just that they are lacking on what to hook on. They have no programs, and that’s why they are looking for programs. If they have programs, they shouldn’t be fighting an imagery war.
“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. I played so many other roles in which God can bear me witness on what happened.
“I have always said it that if what Umahi did to me is good to God, I accept.
“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 to 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 at my house today. By Gods Grace, I’m so glad 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 would not be confrontational to him. I’m going to concentrate on 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 a 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 on 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, there will be questions if there is any attempt on my life.
“He talked to me on 7th in the night, i know the date and time. He was busy sending to me a WhatsApp message, and I didn’t reply to him. He is still the Governor of my State.
“His boys started talking and sending me text messages, even calling me on the 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 a text have continued to say that I must apologize to the Governor with immediate effect.
“I asked one of them, do I have any problem with the Governor? Did he tell you that I’m quarreling with him? I’m on my own and hails from Ikwo, and he (Umahi) hails from Uburu.
“We were friends because he wanted to get into power. Since he got into power, we have not been friends again since his first tenure. He appointed me as a board member from the day I reported to that office until I left; I never saw peace. I saw peace only when I left that office.
“It is better he allows me to do my job in the State, he claims to be making peace with our leaders, but he is busy fighting some of us. How can he achieve such peace?
“Umahi should leave me alone. If I have done anything bad to him, he should call me on the phone and ask me why are you doing this? There is nothing I said that is not in existence in the State. If he wants me to stop talking, then he should stop doing those things.
“I cannot wake up in the morning and start attacking a person of the Governor because I am not a mad human being. We could be of the same age, but the Governor should respect me as much as I respect him, which I am doing. And should stop issuing me a threat. Nobody has a monopoly on violence.
“I am appealing that he should stop threatening me, and he should talk to his boys to leave me alone. 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.”
In a swift reaction, 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.
“You see these things people do this day, trying to drag the name of a popular person into their misfortune is bad. People do politics over everything. If you are known for the unholy character, must you drag the Governor’s name to take cover?
“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 State’s development, and as I speak with you now, the Governor was on an inspection today.
“He is focused on the development of the State and has no time for this kind talk. Who is he that the Governor will send somebody to go and attack? There is no such thing, and it never happened. People should discard such statements from people who are just looking for popularity. Such a thing never happened.
“The Governor is APC, and APC is the Governor, and he is so focused. Maybe they are having an internal crisis or not. It is their problem, and why are they dragging the name of the Governor into it?” He asked.
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