Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi, appears to be confused as to whether he should openly defect to the Labor Party (LP) or continue to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the impeachment process initiated against him will continue if he fails to succumb to PDP’s terms.
A reliable source revealed that the governor in exchange for dumping the LP, negotiated that his son, Elechi Elechi, who is LP senatorial candidate for Ebonyi Central, be given the senatorial position for this month’s election.
According to the source, the governor who did not want to be disgraced out of office, agreed to the terms to save his face, political career.
The source said: “On the orders of President Jonathan, Elechi negotiated for his son to go to the Senate in exchange for collapsing Labour Party in favour of Dave Umahi and the PDP to avoid impeachment.
“The pressure has been mounting on Elechi to either make a clean break and defect to Labour Party or be a good party man and support PDP candidates in Ebonyi State with real and genuine commitment. That is the only way he can truly ensure substantial victory for Goodluck Jonathan. Otherwise, he cannot be saved from the threat of impeachment.
“Elechi is said to be devastated because the National Chairman of PDP, the BoT Chairman, the director of PDPCO, Sen Ahmadu Ali, the Vice President, and most importantly, the President are fed up with his antics and have not shown any sympathy for him, save for Chief Tony Anenih, who tried a bit to help him. His fellow PDP governors have also advised him to embrace his deputy and make peace.
“If Elechi abandons Edon and all the other Labour Party candidates, in order to send his son to the Senate, I don’t know what it will mean. They have promised his men appointments and also promised to plead with the House to relent on impeachment threat, believing that these are tremendously good deals for the governor.
“The alternative is his impeachment, arrest and prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and total ruination of his legacy. Elechi is understood to have held emergency meeting in Govt House with his kitchen cabinet.”
According to the source, “They have advised him to resign from PDP and join Labour Party fully. But this is unlikely to save him because the interim injunction he secured to prevent the process of his impeachment will either lapse or be vacated shortly, leaving him vulnerable for the final assault by the House.”
However, another bone of contention, will be whether the governor’s supporters will be willing to adhere strictly to the agreement reached by Governor Elechi in order to save himself from being impeached in the weeks ahead.
President Goodluck Jonathan had last Wednesday summoned Elechi, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and the PDP governorship candidate for Ebonyi State, Umahi, as well as some PDP leaders to a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, with a view to addressing the political situation in the state.
The meeting, which lasted over five hours, also had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo and some PDP governors led by the chairman of their forum and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Obong Godswill Akpabio, Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and his Benue counterpart, Gabriel Suswam.
The state House of Assembly had on Friday, last week, served Elechi an impeachment notice, following an eight-point allegation of corruption, fraud, gross misconduct, and executive rascality among others, against him.