The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu on Monday adopted Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the new Southeast PDP leader. Ugwunayi emerged as Southeast PDP leader being one of two governors belonging to the party in the zone.
Mr Ali Odefa, the Acting Chairman of the PDP in South East made this known to newsmen shortly after its meeting in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ugwuanyi was adopted the leader following the defection of the South East Governors’ Forum’s Chairman, Gov Dave Umahi of Ebonyi to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Nov. 17, 2020.
NAN reports that with the defection, PDP now had control of Abia and Enugu States in the zone.
Odefa said that the party adopted Ugwuanyi because of his commitment to the party.
”We unanimously adopted Gov Ugwuanyi as leader of PDP in the South East zone because of his immeasurable contributions in the region,” he said of how Ugwuanyi emerged as Southeast PDP leader.
”We are sure and satisfied that he will lead South East PDP to success,” he said.
GWG reports that the options for the PDP were limited to Ugwuanyi and Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia State who are the only two governors belonging to the PDP in the Southeast zone.
Remarkably, the two governors alongside Gov. Umahi had in the past been alleged to be on the wings of defecting to the APC.
He said that the party considered the governor’s outstanding performance in office and in a consensus, adopted him as leader of the party.
Speaking on the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, Odefa said that the party was putting heads together to ensure success in the election.
”PDP South East is putting its house in order, we are drawing and calculating and at the fullest of time, the successes will announce the effort we have made so far, ” Odefa said. (NAN)