– Ekweremadu says Chime is a political novice and lacks experience in politics for defecting to APC
– Chime’s kinsmen disowns the ex-governor for leaving PDP for APC
– They pledged their loyalty to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Ekweremadu, and others elected on the platform of the PDP
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has described former Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime, as a political novice.
Ekweremadu made this known while addressing Chime’s kinsmen, under the aegis of Udi Consultative Forum, The Punch reports.
It was gathered that Chime’s kinsmen visited the Enugu state governor’s lodge to disown Chime for leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They pledged their loyalty to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Ekweremadu, and others elected on the platform of the PDP.
According to them, Chime was ‘on his own’ in his decision to join APC.
Addressing Chime’s kinsmen, Ekweremadu noted that Chime’s decision to leave PDP was borne out of inexperience.
He noted that two other former governors in the state, who left PDP in the past (Chief Jim Nwobodo and Dr. Chimaraoke Nnamani), have not been able to recover from the consequences of their decision.
He said: “The problem is that our former governor (Chime) does not have sufficient experience in politics.
“If you watch what happened in Udi on Saturday (rally held to welcome Chime to APC), no APC senator came, no APC member of the House of Representatives was there. The only governor that came there from Sokoto State (Aminu Tambuwal) was only passing by.”
Earlier, Voice of Ndigbo had reported that Chime, who served as the governor of Enugu state on the platform of the PDP, from 2007 to 2015, defected to the APC.
It was gathered that his reported defection is seen to be a preparatory ground for a looming political war between him and the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.