By Peter Usman
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, has lambasted the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, saying that his greed and inordinate ambition will sink him.
Umahi, had last week Friday after the state security council meeting, accused Mr Anyim; senators Sam Egwu and Obinma Ogba, and PDP acting Vice Chairman, South-east, Ali Odefa, of plotting to use members of IPOB to unleash mayhem in the state.
This is an aftermath of Umahi’s recent cross-carpeting to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose flag he bore to emerge twice as the governor of Ebonyi State.
But in an open letter to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector-General of Police; Director-General, Department of State Services, and the Chief of Defence Staff on Monday, Anyim said Umahi was raising dust to “divert the attention of the public before he strikes.”
Anyim, a former senate president disclosed that having failed in his bid to get him and other PDP bigwigs in the state to defect to the APC, Governor Umahi resorted to blackmail.
“In his delusion, he believed his own 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 citizen that gathered for the inauguration of PDP Caretaker Committee. He could no longer sleep and declared war on every one who has refused to defect with him,” Anyim said.
He said the offence he and other PDP big wigs in the state committed is their refusal to follow the governor to the APC, adding: “The only offence 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 offence against a Governor or means fighting a Governor.
“People who know Gov. Umahi know that he normally starts this way whenever he is hatching a sinister plan.
“He raises dusts, makes wild allegations and accusations against people just to divert the attention of the public before he strikes.
“He may have been told that he will need to kill before he would achieve his present enterprise and so to build up a scenario for him to kill, he will need to spew allegations of killings even when they make no sense.
“I have no doubt that Governor Umahi may have been told that he needed blood to accomplish his present enterprise, otherwise how can a man in his 6th year as Governor of a State suddenly realise that a former President of the Senate, a former Governor of the State and two-time serving Senator Dr. Sam Egwu, Senator Obinna Ogba, two time serving Senator, are now cultists and IPOB members. Something is wrong somewhere.
“It is obvious that either something is pursuing Governor Umahi or that he is pursuing something. For those who know him well, please notice that his lips have shifted out of shape and his eyeballs shrinking. Something is pursuing Gov. Umahi.
“Gov. Umahi’s modus operandi are well known and his moves are easily predictable.”