The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Nigerians will soon know the real reason for the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who addressed the 90th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party on Thursday, said the PDP will not succumb to blackmail or injustice against the South East raised by the governor, which he described as provocative.
He said he had assurances of party leaders in Ebonyi State that the state remains a PDP state.
Former President of the Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim and former governor of the state, Senator Sam Egwu, were among PDP leaders present at the NEC meeting.
Thirteen out of 15 PDP governors also attended the meeting while two were represented by their deputies.
Secondus told the NEC meeting that despite the fact that none of the eight National Assembly members from Ebonyi State is following Umahi to APC, Senator Anyim assured him that prominent members in the state are not going with the governor.
“We have refused to join issues with him in any way but we cannot bow to any blackmail.
“What I can report to NEC is that the strength of our party in Ebonyi State and South East is intact and the NWC has taken necessary steps to protect and guard it,” he added.
Secondus reiterated his stand that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government is helpless and incapable of providing the needed leadership for the country.