A Governorship Aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ebonyi State, Dr. Sunday Opoke, yesterday formally defected to Young Progressives Party (YPP) to pursue his Guber ambition.
He said he was defecting to the YPP with his over 2,000 supporters.
He spoke in Abakaiki, the state capital while briefing the supporters.
Opoke who is the immediate past Commissioner for Water Resources in Ebonyi State, said he had 7-agenda for the state if he wins the 2023 governorship election.
He alleged that the state civil service had collapsed in employment and engagement of service.
He, therefore, promised to reform the civil service and observe the principles of rules of engagement.
Opoke said: “There is something very ugly in this state that from 1996 till date,there has not been a genuine employment for the youths.
“When Sam Egwu was there as a governor, he only employed few people very close to him and put them in few places. When he was going out, he now did massive employment. Elechi came and removed them.
“When Elechi was going out, he did massive employment and left.
“This one now, Umahi, when he will be leaving office, he will also do massive employment. It means, they have no plans for the youths. That employment is a wicked employment because it won’t be up to two years and the next governor will come and remove it.
“So, from the day the state was created, there is no plans for the youths, there is no plans for the young people, there is no plans for graduates, there is no plans for anybody. All they do is employ their family members to occupy leadership positions. The narrative must change.
“As we are engaging you, we are providing you the enabling environment to be productive.
“In Ebonyi State, the greatest assets are the civil servants, because every civil servant has at least minimum of 10 dependent relatives”, he said.