Chime denies ejecting PDP from property to make way for APC
Former Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime has denied ejecting the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from his property to make room for its eventual occupation by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He was reacting to reports that he asked the state chapter of the PDP to vacate his property on Ogui junction, which served as the state secretariat for about seven years.
It was reported that the ejection was part of the plans to pay his former party back for the frosty relationship they had had since he left office two years ago preparatory to his eventual movement to the APC.
Following the development, the state PDP had temporarily moved into the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) secretariat but recently relocated to the Charles Street, Enugu since the permanent site of the party is under construction.
But Chime told The Guardian in Enugu that the PDP left on their own, adding that they never informed him that they were leaving and that he was still in the PDP when they moved.
“That is the story flying around to discredit me and the services I rendered to Enugu State as governor for eight years. The truth is that I did not eject the PDP from the property. I decided to give that property to the PDP when I was governor and they occupied it all through my tenure without paying a dime. It was deliberate to help build the party when I was there since the construction of the party secretariat is still ongoing,” he said.
“So last year, for reasons best known to the PDP, they decided to leave on their own. They did not even tell me they were leaving. Somebody called me that the place is vacant, that the PDP had moved. So I called my younger brother to confirm and he said he didn’t know anything about it. So I went and secured the place.
“Now the rumour is everywhere that I ejected the PDP because I moved into the APC. It has nothing to do with my movement to APC. I had not moved to APC before they left the building. The PDP left the place without saying a word of appreciation after occupying it for almost seven years. They left on their own and the property has been lying fallow,” he said.
Chime added that it was the same people spreading all sorts of negative information about him that were circulating the fake story, saying he believes members of the public should know the truth the said property.”
Meanwhile, efforts to get the state chairman of the PDP, Austin Nnamani to comment on the development proved abortive as he neither picked his calls nor responded to a text message.