Defection plot: 8 PDP lawmakers refuse to follow Ebonyi Gov Umahi to APC

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•Governor Dave Umahi


ABAKALIKI – Not less than eight lawmakers out of the 24 members of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly have refused to decamp from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).


This came barely 48 hours after the news of the state governor, David Umahi dumping PDP for APC.


It was gathered that Governor Umahi perfected his decamping plan with some stakeholders of the ruling APC in Abuja.


Similarly, Daily Trust gathered that the governor has held series of meetings at his home town in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state with some stakeholders.


Although many have expressed their willingness to move to APC with him but his meeting with members of the State House of Assembly was dreadlocked.


The meeting, which was targeted at pesuading the 24 members of the State House of Assembly to decamp with him was held in yesterday (Sunday) in Uburu, home town of Umahi.


Our Correspondent, however, gathered that eight lawmakers among the 24 refused to endorse their signatures to the defection list.


However, the position of the eight lawmakers has put the governor in quandary as the speaker of the State House of Assembly has reconvened a fresh meeting targeted at pacifying his recalcitrant eight colleagues.


The meeting was held at the official residence of the speaker, Francis Nwafuru, on Sunday evening.


However, the meeting was still ongoing at the time (7:50pm) of filling in this report.


Correspondents outside the venue of the meeting observed that some of the members left in anger.


The decamping plot has become a reality and Umahi is expected at any moment to make it public. (Daily Trust)