By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI— CONTRARY to insinuations in some quarters that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State, may lose the governorship to the opposition in 2011 general elections, the party has said it would not relinquish power to the opposition.
Chairman, Ebonyi State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dave Umahi, made it categorically clear that there was no way any party could surmount the ruling party’s structures in the state, adding that it was deeply rooted in various wards and local government councils across the state. According to him, this makes it extremely impossible for any opposition party to dislodge the PDP.
Umahi, who had often been criticized for his idealism of ensuring that only PDP prevailed in the state, pointed out that the only viable alternative left for the opposition was to turn to violence, thuggery and rigging as means of seeking victory at the polls.
He said: “There is no opposition in the state that is capable of dislodging the structures of our great party.
“In fact, there is no opposition. One or two persons cannot constitute opposition over three million Ebonyi people clamouring for the return of Governor Martin Elechi.
“Governor Elechi’s return is a divine issue. His continuity is also divine; he has done very well. I must emphasize that his coming back to office is as certain as life itself. I advise the electorate not to allow anybody to tamper with their future.”