The Senator representing Ebonyi Central zone Senator Obinna Ogba has
denied a media report alleging the resurgence of an Abuja group
designed to relegate the activities of the present administration in the
state to the background.
The report which fingered the Senator as the leader of the new Abuja
group alleged efforts by some Abuja politicians, mostly National
Assembly members of PDP extraction and some All Progressives Congress
stalwarts from the state to hinder Governor David Umahi from choosing
his preferred successor come 2023.
Ogba described the report as a total blackmail and attempt to cause
trouble and disaffection in the state by sowing the seeds of bitterness,
anger, distrust, and hatred.
“The so called Abuja group only exists in the writer’s imagination and
that of his sponsors. It is pertinent to state that if there is any
Abuja group or would be, I am not aware and can not be a party to such
“This is surely the handiwork of the opposition who were recently
defeated at the polls. The target is to distract the party and
government in the state by sowing seeds of discord.
“The Ebonyi PDP as a family has come a long way since 1998 and has
worked very hard to maintain the number one position in the political
arena of the state, and we cannot allow any passenger to come in between
“Our governor Engr. David Umahi is a team player who has carried major
stakeholders along. We are proud of him and we have overwhelming
confidence in him as our leader.
“Let me use this medium to warn such fourth columnists that some of us
are very old in this game of politics. This tactic is too elementary
that we could have ignored it but for record purposes.
“I want to assure members of our great party that i am solidly behind
the performing governor of the State, Engr. David Umahi and I am
determined to give him the necessary support to make his second term
another huge success.”
“For emphasis may I state without equivocation that there is no Abuja
group in Ebonyi state and i can never encourage such as it would disrupt
the smooth run of the state”.
“Let me put the record straight, there was no meeting of either the so
called Abuja group or any such group working against the interest of
Governor David Umahi be it in ‘Bisalla road’ Abuja or Enugu as the
confused writer claimed”.
“It is a known fact that i am a foundation member of the PDP and has
remain so, i would not for any reason hold meeting with some persons
mentioned in the purported report as they are members of the APC whom I
cannot discuss politics with. I have nothing with them and so far they
remain in APC, I would not have anything with them”.
“t is on record that I have never left the PDP even for one day. I was a
founding member of the party and former party chairman, I am too big to
play anti party behind the scene”.
He called on the people of the state to disregard the media report and
go about their normal business.