Conflicting signals greet Ebonyi Governor Umahi’s rumoured defection to APC




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Controversy has greeted the alleged defection of Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, from the Peoples (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2023 general election.

 

The representing South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, had on congratulated the Governor Umahi for finally joining APC.

Ogah, who spoke authoritatively, said: “We don’t need division in South-East; we need unity in South-East, we need to be part of the Central government. We can’t continue to be in opposition.”

Ogah, the only Assembly from Ebonyi State elected on the platform of APC, revealed that Umahi’s defection perfected after meeting with critical stakeholders and leaders of APC including Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of .

“I am calling on Governors in south east to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the centre, we have to join the mainstream for overall development of our zone and the country in general.

Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him.”

But the Governor in a press statement this afternoon Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Francis Nwaze, in Abakaliki, denied Umahi’s defection to APC.

The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi , is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples (PDP).

is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.

“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People (PDP), will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers,” he stated.

When contacted for further reaction, the commissioner for Information and state orientation, Barr. Uchenna Orji said he is somewhere and may not be chance to react to the defection.

Orji who insisted on seeing the lawmaker’s statement before reaction said: “send to me the report, let me know what they are saying, “so that I can react. I am somewhere now.”

Ebonyi State PDP Chairman, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, when contacted couldn’t pick calls or respond to text messages sent to him by our reporter for reaction.

Source: News Express