The National Executive Council of Isuokoma Political Vanguard (IPV) has called on the leadership of the Senate to declare the seat of Senator Soni Ogbuorji representing Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone, who recently defected to the ruling APC vacant for what the group described as “a decision based on his selfish grounds but not for the interest of the zone”.
The group maintained that Senator Ogbuorji failed to consult the people of his senatorial district before defecting to APC, pointing out that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is not facing crisis both in the state and at the national level when he defected to another party.
The decision to declare Ogbuorji’s seat vacant was taken after critical examination of political development in Ebonyi State in their national executive meeting held in Enugu.
The group described the defection as an act of sabotage aimed at distracting Gov. Dave Umahi’s second term ambition as well as his rapid development projects in various parts of the state but pointed out that instead, “he has committed political suicide”.
In a communiqué signed by their leader, Comrade Matthew Onwuta and the Secretary, Victor Ogbu, the group disclosed that Ogbuorji’s defection was characterised by desperation, over ambition, believing that his movement to APC would fetch him the governorship position in Ebonyi State without considering the fact that he has no political structure to match the incumbent, Umahi.
The communiqué stated that Ogbuorji since he became a senator, he has not been able to attract meaningful federal presence to his senatorial zone because the Federal roads in his zone such as Okposi, Onicha, Isu, Amagunze, Akpugo/Agbani and Okposi, Isu Ngbanaeze roads have remained dilapidated for close to eight years as a senator representing Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone at the Upper Legislative Chambers.
The group therefore declared their support for Gov. Umahi’s second term bid, saying that his second term in office would not only bring more development but reposition Ebonyi in the comity of states.