The immediate past governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi, has given mis-governance by incumbent Governor Dave Umahi as one of the reasons he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on which platform he governed the state for eight years.
Elechi who dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress also blamed “injustices and lack of internal party democracy” in his former party as warranting his exit.
Elechi gave these reasons at the occasion of his formal defection to the APC in Abakaliki on Friday.
He was addressing APC members among whom were the party national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and the acting party chairman in the state, Eze Nwachukwu among other chieftains.
He said, “The change we all clamor for is finally here with us; we are heralding the dawn of a new era in the Ebonyi body polity.
“The APC has come to salvage the decaying political values caused by the misgovernance of one man (referring to Umahi) who have lost focus on what political leadership and governance entails.
“A man who prefers to embark on unrealizable elephant projects that have no direct bearing on the lives of the people.
“We built an international market with about 8,000 lock-up shops which are still not given out to the market men and women who need these shops and our Governor embarked on the construction of shopping mall.
“The Governor abandoned Oferekpe gigantic water scheme and we hear that he is now embarking on the construction of tunnel while our children are out of school due to the inability of parents to pay their school fees and pensioners being owed months of arrears”.
Others who defected alongside with Elechi to the APC were his wife, Josephine, and a number of others