PDP chieftain gives Ukeje, Ohuabunwa ultimatum to retract anti-party comments
A founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Charles Ogbonnaya, has given Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and Rep Nnenna Ukeje 48 hours to retract the anti-party comments credited to them.
According to various media reports, the duo from Abia State were alleged to have declared that they would neither support nor campaign for Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP.
But Ogbonnaya, who is the Campaign Coordinator for Atiku in the state, according to a report in the New Telegraph, as well in other websites, described the action of the former national lawmakers as the height of anti-party activity.
Citing a statement he issued in Umuahia, the report quoted Ogbonnaya as saying that unless the duo withdraw the threat and apologise to the PDP, he would mobilise the electorate to vote against them in the 2023 elections.
“If it were in the army, this is high treason and their mutinous action would attract the highest sanction, which is the death sentence,” the former commissioner said in the statement.
He recalled that the actions of Ohuabunwa and Ukeje were symptomatic of people who had lost focus “after being brainwashed by external forces.”
Ohuabunwa recalled that when he warned that the association between Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Nyesom Wike was inimical to the progress of Abia State, people called him names.
“When I shouted that Ikpeazu should stop following Wike like his house boy, I was maligned. But what Ohuabunwa and Ukeje have done has vindicated me,” he said.
He, nevertheless, urged Ohuabunwa and Ukeje to retrace their steps unless they wanted to sacrifice their personal political ambitions.
“There is no way they can sabotage Atiku Abubakar and hope to win. It will never happen. That’s why they should rethink this sacrilegious utterance and return to the umbrella,” he said.