Governor Umahi finally speaks on defection from APC back to PDP

December 12, 2021
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The Ebonyi state governor, Engr David Umahi said he has no plan to return to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Governor Umahi’s media aide, Francis Nwaze, said the governor made this known during a special thanksgiving service held at the state’s new chapel in Abakiliki on Sunday, December 12.

There have been speculations in the state that the governor who joined the APC in November 2020 may be considering a return to the PDP.

However, Nwaze said Governor Umahi trashed the rumors that he is planning to return to the PDP, saying he is satisfied with the peace he is enjoying in the ruling APC.

Governor Umahi was quoted to have said: “They said I want to return to PDP, with all these achievements? that man that does not even have a road to his house, I say may God not forgive him.

“I say thank you to the opposition in Ebonyi State,opposition in Ebonyi State is about bitterness and that is not how it is supposed to be.”

Meanwhile, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state says he will feel bad if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not give the southeast a chance at the presidency in 2023.

The Ebonyi state governor said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV on Friday.

He noted that the major yearning of the people of the southeastern region is that they should be given a chance to produce Nigeria’s president, whether on the platform of the PDP or the APC .

The governor said the southeast has always supported the PDP but the opposition party never deemed it fit to give its presidential ticket to the region.

His words:“If I follow APC for this length of time, and they don’t give the southeast an opportunity, I will feel bad.

“I will feel bad if I stay the same length of time as I did in the PDP and that happens. But I can’t say what I will do. It depends on what God places in my mind.”

Governor Umahi also dissociated himself from campaign posters with inscription that he wants to run for president in the next general elections in 2023.

The posters have reportedly flooded various social media platforms and strategic locations across the country.

Reacting via a statement by his media aide, Francis Nwaze, Governor Umahi noted that the gesture may be in good faith.

The governor, however, said he would only heed the call to run for president if he is divinely inspired.

Nwaze said his principal, “being a respecter of constituted authorities could not have launched such full-scale campaign into the office of the President even when the electoral umpire is yet to open the window for such exercise.”

He said “That the Governor is presently occupied with delivering dividends of democracy to the good people of Ebonyi State,transforming the state in agreement with his five covenants with God as well as repositioning Southeast and contributing his quota as at when needed in the nation-building.”

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