Ebonyi State governor, Martin Elechi, has sought assistance from the Labour Party (LP) to surmount the challenges his faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is facing in the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Elechi’s supporters, including commissioners and local government chairmen, defected to the LP after losing the primaries to the Deputy Governor, Dave Umahi.
Elechi and some of his loyalists, however, remained in the PDP.
Umahi emerged as the PDP’s gubernatorial flag bearer after the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) recognised the primaries conducted by Joseph Onwe, the state chairman of the party.
The governor made the appeal at his country home, Echialike-Ikwo Local Government Area, when he received the state leadership of the Labour Party.
He described the recent events in the state chapter of the PDP as unfortunate, adding that he and his supporters insisted that things should be done correctly.
“You are aware of what happened to us as we insisted that our laws should be obeyed and all party’s rules of engagement, campaign and election must be respected.
“When things are not done in accordance with the law, opportunities for anarchy will be created as we commend you for being in sympathy with us over the travails.”
The Street Journal gathered that Elechi, a prominent ally of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo started having problems with president Goodluck Jonathan sequel to a security report that linked him with Obasanjo.
It was gathered that Elechi’s political foes in Abuja cashed in on this to further nail him by labeling him as an apologist of Obasanjo and an antagonist of Jonathan’s second term project.
It was gathered that Elechi’s seeming silence over the clamour for Jonathan’s return to Aso Rock in May 2015 led credence to the presidency’s avowed resolve to get rid of Elechi.
It would be recalled that Elechi’s fashion of the PDP lost out completely to their opponents in the party as the National Working Committee NWC refused to approve of the results of primaries conducted by Elechi fashion of the party.