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Ebonyi leaders instigating crisis, APC about God, people – Umahi

Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, has accused some political leaders in the State of causing violence.

He told the new Police Commissioner, Aliyu Garba to tackle insecurity in Ebonyi.

Umahi spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Wednesday when Garba visited him, NAN reports.

“You are coming at a very trying moment and should deal decisively with anyone instigating insecurity. It should be stated that some leaders instigate crises but when it comes to security issues, my party is God and the people,” he said.

Umahi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the past police leadership of hobnobbing with politicians.

“I nearly severed my relationship with the police but was restrained by the integrity of its Inspector General. How can police officers be inside their offices and hoodlums would attack them and collect their guns?” He asked.

The governor said it happened more than three times under the former police boss.

“It is unfortunate. Cultists would be arrested and three or four days later, they are released into the society to further cause problems,” he said.

Umahi disclosed that his administration would soon distribute operational vehicles to security agencies.

Umahi warned new Coordinators of Local Government Development Centres and Special Assistants against disloyalty.

In his remarks, Garba pledged to ensure the protection of the peoples’ lives and property.

APC membership registration: Alex Otti sends message to Abians

A renowned economist and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Alex Otti, has called on Abians to make use of the opportunity provided by the forthcoming membership registration exercise of the APC to get registered and become card-carrying members of the party.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ferdinand Ekeoma, on the forthcoming registration exercise, Otti who joined the APC last year with thousands of supporters from his former party, explained that the membership registration exercise billed to commence on Monday, 25th January 2021 would provide members with the opportunity to enjoy the necessary rights and privileges accorded to members of the party, as well as the platform to make critical decisions that would assist the party achieve huge success in future elections.

According to Otti, “What our party the APC is about to do is an exercise that would ensure that the membership of the party is captured in an electronic database, and would give us the opportunity to review our membership record, get to know our numerical strength, and above all, provide willing Nigerians the opportunity to become members of the APC, and the platform to participate in critical decisions of the party geared towards the advancement of democracy and upliftment of the welfare of the people.”

The ex-bank chief made it clear that he will align with other progressives in the party to ensure that the party was rejigged and repositioned to become more formidable so as to robustly play its role as the alternative party in Abia state with the ultimate desire of ensuring that Abians reap the benefits of democracy which has been denied them by successive governments, while also leveraging the opportunity of being the ruling party at the federal level to demand for what is due to Abia from the federal government at all times.

Otti, however, called on party leaders and stakeholders at all levels, especially at the wards to ensure a hitch free process that would encourage people to troop out and register with the party.

Recall that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had announced January 25th, 2021 for the commencement of Registration and Revalidation of membership of the party.

PDP woos Okorocha as ex-gov lampoons APC, plans party

The Senator representing Imo West and former governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, saying the party was hurriedly and was hurriedly formed to hijack power from the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.

Okorocha, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said he and other progressive-minded politicians were perfecting a plan to form a new political movement.

But the PDP appealed to the former governor to return to the opposition party instead of making the mistake he made in 2014.

According to Okorocha, from the body language of the Nigerians, it is obvious that they are not satisfied with what is on ground in Nigeria.
The Senator who is a founding member of the APC, last week inaugurated a project of the Rivers State Government on the invitation of the state Governor, Nyesom Wike.

At the event, he called on the good people in the APC and the PDP to come together and rescue Nigeria in 2023.

On Monday he said there was urgent need for the regrouping of the ‘good politicians’ to restore public confidence in governance and save the country.

“The movement for a new Nigeria has begun and we must come together, I mean progressive Nigerians to make the country work”, Okorocha said.

Asked if the promise of the new political movement for a new Nigeria would not be similar to that of the APC in 2015, he stated that the APC was hurriedly formed to take power the PDP without much emphasis on the character of those championing the course.

The ex-governor said, “The APC was a hurried arrangement. It was hurriedly formed to take power when the then government was drifting. The APC would have been better until people who were not members of the party; people who came for congratulatory messages, hijacked the party and became lords.”

In its reaction, the PDP it was not in the least worried by the plan by Okorocha and a few of his friends to form a new political party.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, in Abuja, on Monday, explained that the PDP was glad that more Nigerians especially people like the former Imo State governor had seen the deceit the APC represented.

Ologbondiyan said, “Our advice to people like Okorocha is for him to avoid making the same mistake twice, any party hurriedly put together like the APC because elections are bound to fall into the same errors.

“He should rather come over to the PDP, a very structured party with a pedigree of performance. We’ve made a few mistakes in the past and we’ve learnt from them. Nigerians now know the difference between a properly structured political party which has their interest at heart and an association of angry men who only came together to grab power for power sake.”

When contacted, the National Secretary of the Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Senator John AkpanUdoedeghe, declined comments on Okorocha’s pronouncement on plans to float a new party.

He said, “The Senator is a respected member of our great party, I have no comments.”
However, a high-ranking member of the party who is conversant with the thinking within the party leadership said the party did not entertain any fears.

The source said, “Politics is a game of numbers just as it is a game of interests. So, if people want to come together and go through the process of birthing a new platform can anyone seriously stop them.”

APC, APGA lose 3000 members to PDP as mass defection hit parties in Abia

More than 3, 000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Making this known in his address during a well attended PDP stakeholders meeting held at Okpara Auditorium, Government House, Umuahia, under the leadership of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Chairman of the PDP in Abia, Rt Hon Asiforo Okere while giving account of the recent tour of Abia LGAs embarked upon by the party leadership in the state said, “we rebuilt the confidence of our members and strengthened their tiers of unity. The hallmark of that was our harvest of not less than 2,000 opposition members particularly of APC and APGA stock across the state.

“In addition, new members numbering over 3,000 came up at different LGAs across the state and declared openly for the party.”

In his remarks, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who congratulated members of the party on the successful recent local government elections in the state, assured them that his administration will not allow itself to be distracted by the opposition who, according to him, are bent on attempting to lure him into joining issues with them politically and abandon the ongoing rapid development of the state.

He briefed party members on ongoing projects of his administration assuring that he intends to complete all projects started by his administration before 2023. “Abia is a PDP state and the other party has nothing to offer our people now or in future, hence, their resort to propaganda of defection”, he said.

Continuing, Governor Ikpeazu said, “our people know that they are better off with PDP and will never agree to return to the dark days represented by those now masquerading as APC leaders. We know their pedigree and footprints in this state and when it is time I will challenge them to come forward and show the people of the state what they have done for them both in the past and present”.

Also speaking, Senators T. A. Orji and Enyinnaya Abaribe called for unity of purpose among party members to ensure that the party consolidates in the state and expressed appreciation to Governor Ikpeazu for his focused efforts to deliver quality infrastructure to the people of the state.

The National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Colonel Austin Akobundu, announced that the party was set to embark on fresh membership registration drive in the country and called on members to treat all new members as equal members.

Others at the well attended meeting include the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, current and former PDP members of the National Assembly. Speaker of Abia State House of assembly, Engr Chinedum Orji, and members of the state House of Assembly, members of the state Executive Council, Local Government Chairmen, party leaders and stakeholders from all the LGAs, including Chief Emma Nwaka, Chief Tony Ukasanya, Prof Greg Ibe, among others.

BREAKING: APC Appoints Hope Uzodinma South East Leader

Ahead of its planned national convention, the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has appointed Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma as the leader of the South East caucus for the exercise.

This was revealed in a letter the Chairman of the APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Conversation Planning Committee and Yobe state governor, Alhaji Mal Mala Buni addressed to the governor.

The letter said part of his responsibilities is to mobilise other leaders in the zone to ensure a hitch free membership registration exercise, congresses and national convention.

“Uzodinma will also over see the reconciliation of disputing and aggrieved members in the zone.

“I write to mandate Your Excellency to lead the south east caucus, stakeholders and other opinion leaders towards achieving the objectives”, the letter read.

Prior to the appointment of Uzodinma to this role, the governor had spearheaded the reconciliation of APC members both in the state and the entire Southeast.

Apart from providing a platform for leaders of the zone to exchange ideas on how to expand the influence of the party in Igboland, Uzodinma has hosted them from time to time.

Before the defection of Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi from PDP to APC, Uzodinma was the only governor of the party in the South East.

In one of his visits to the Government House, Owerri, former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani predicted that with Uzodinma’s leadership of APC in the Southeast, more responsible Ndigbo will flock to the party in no distant time.


APC and the Odious Pride of Evil in Abia, By Michael Chijioke

“We are all frustrated, we’re almost helpless” – Mallam Nasir El Rufai

The above statement by Mallam Nasir El Rufai, a foremost Governor (of Kaduna State) and one of the poster boys of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was made on Monday while featuring in a television programme.

The statement succinctly defines the dire situation Nigerians have found themselves in the last five years of APC’s reign over the country.

But while El Rufai might have finally realised how frustrated Nigerians are currently, and lamenting the situation for possible solution, his fellow political actors in APC in Abia State have invested heavy (in)human and (im)material resources in the past few days in divisive, mischievous, misleading and malicious politicking that smacks of their insensitivity to the pitiable plight of the ordinary citizens who have been subjected to all manner of deprivation, dehumanization and indignity by the APC.

While Nigerians of good conscience are lamenting our nation’s situation and seeking ways out of the woods, some APC “thieftains” in Abia have taken to the media to heat up the polity by making unguarded statements, attacking the PDP and the Government of Abia State, embarking on political showboating while their Party throws the entire country in pitch darkness of poverty, insecurity, economic recession, hunger, infrastructural decay, social and industrial unrests etc.

Never in the history of this country have we witnessed such high number of kidnappings and killings of citizens, including the high and the mighty, the lowly and the downtrodden; of even soldiers and policemen, since the end of the civil war in 1970.

Today, under APC, dirges are sung in marriages, graves are dug for mourners at funerals because of the near certainty of audacious attacks on them by common urchins emboldened by the conspiracy of silence and the ineptitude of APC.

It therefore becomes totally inhuman for APC leaders anywhere, not to talk of those in Abia State where the Governor, despite the “frustration” and the situation of “almost helplessness”, according to El Rufai, is doing his best to steer the ship of state against the tide of poverty and insecurity, to condemn the Governor while looking away from the disaster which their Party has thrown Nigerians into!

Seeing APC leaders in Abia line up for banal photo-ops of dry defection ceremonies organised for political featherweights who can’t even deliver their immediate wards, and attacking the PDP-led Government in the State is an indication of a highly unrepentantly immoral characters who choose to revel in “defeated joy” (apologies to Shakespeare) over the graves of citizens felled by bandits and failed by their government. It is even most unconscionable for anyone to begin to talk 2023 now, over two clear years to the time, just to distract the Governor. That is the antics of the depraved!

The saddest part of this puerile venture is that it is being led by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, a man who currently endures the inglorious rating by no other institution but the Senate itself as one of the very few Senators who have refused, failed or neglected, unwilling, unable or simply not ready to sponsor even one Bill in the Senate in the last one year. Because of this, Abia North Senatorial District which he represents has gone from a zone that produces quality legislators to one that is now being referred to as a “voiceless zone”. How else does one define failure? Yet, APC in Abia wants us to believe that they can do better than the PDP? Never!

The truth is that no matter how hard these characters try, Abians will never succumb to their mischief, half-truths and outright falsehood in an attempt to bring home the wanton loss of lives that has become the lot of a great number of Nigerians in other places.

Fact is, when 2023 comes, Abians will judge APC based on their disastrous national performances and will totally, completely, absolutely and comprehensively reject them in Abia once again even far more than they did in 2019! APC’s odious pride of evil will never stand in the State!

For now, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is focused on governance and the continued provision of dividends of democracy to the people. When the time for politics comes, then it will dawn on all those now running faster than their shadows that no matter how many fishes leave the ocean, water will still remain their master!

Wike, 7 other PDP Governors to APC soon, says Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, believes more governors from the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Following the defection of the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, from the PDP to the APC, Governor Bello stated that the ruling party would welcome nine more governors from the opposition.

“I think probably, I can just give you an expo,” he told Channels Television’s political correspondent Seun Okinbaloye who asked him a series of questions on the latest development when he appeared as a guest on Politics Today on Thursday.

The governor added, “The expo I am going to give to you is that Governor Wike might be the last to join this party – the All Progressives Congress, others are lining up. They will soon be here.”

He commended the decision of the Ebonyi State governor to leave his former party for the APC, saying the defection was a testimony of the progress in the ruling party.

Channels Television’s political correspondent Seun Okinbaloye, interviews Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on November 19, 2020.

According to Governor Bello, APC is a party that believes in fairness, equity, and justice, with a strong belief in the unity and oneness of the country.

He also believes the party has carried out people-oriented programmes and policies, saying that would encourage more opposition governors to join.

“I said it long ago, not today when the party (PDP) was going through some challenges; I did say that there are 10 governors from the opposition parties that will join APC.

“We have seen one; one that is even as equal as 10, he has joined us, nine to go. Just mark my words; I don’t lie, I will never lie, and I will never deceive anybody,” the Kogi governor stressed.

He added, “Umahi is here with us, more are coming. I am very sure that Governor Wike will be the 10th person (governor) to join the APC, the remaining eight are already knocking, and by the grace of God, we are working all the necessary platform for them to come in here in peace, so they are on their way.”

Why Buhari, Buni, APC and Nigerians must Reclaim Edo State, By Sebastine Ebhuomhan

A lot has happened in the past month in Edo State, Nigeria and the globe.

The dusts of some of the occurrences naturally settled in the gale of laughter, shock, unbelief and outrage. Others are still reverberating on individuals, families, communities, states and humanity.

While another lockdown looms, the world is confronted by the socio-economic impacts of coronavirus. Then #EndSARS left Nigeria in ruins. A supposed peaceful protest against brutality and extra-judicial killing degenerated into lawlessness and disorder when hoodlums hijacked it and unleashed mayhem, raping, looting, arson and destruction on national psyche and polity.

#EndSARS reverberated nationally and gained international traction. Sadly, tens of citizens had died by the time bellowing smokes settled for stock taking. It claimed youthful and elderly lives, including security agents drafted to restore sanity. As a tribute to victims who lost lives, have physical pains and who lost properties, businesses or employments, may God comfort you all.

Following the wise call-off of all protests, citizens should support state judicial panels to take stock, learn lessons and make recommendations, in line with presidential directive. However, government at all levels must listen, speak and act promptly in the future and pacify aggrieved citizens, when necessary. Leaders must deliver good governance, secure lives and protect properties to nip future tragedy in the bud.

In the meantime, Ondo State election came with marked improvement from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Prof Mahmud Yakubu’s chairmanship. Buoyed by its victory in Edo State, which dispute is the subject of this essay, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had hoped to enlarge its coast in South West by adding Ondo to Oyo. But the party not only watched its cookies crumbled helplessly, the loss forced a soul searching. Edo and Ondo elections are proof that elections can be true reflection of people’s will, if organized in enabling environments.

For President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), who has unfairly been the butt of wild allegations against his party, Edo and Ondo clearly point to cleaner elections under his administration. Unlike in Edo State, the President led his party’s Ondo campaign after tasking institutions and agencies with credible election. While he watched Edo APC torn into pieces by internal crisis fueled externally, resulting to the cancellation of APC’s final rally that gave the upper hand to PDP, Buhari personally addressed voters in Ondo State in a virtual live telecast with the support of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He admonished politicians on do-or-die election, a masterstroke that sealed PDP defeat.

“I have taken a special interest not necessarily because my party is involved but because my focus and attention have been to ensure that we maximize every given opportunity to raise the bar in our collective desire to deepen democracy,” he clarified.

Indeed, the Buhari government is tackling infrastructure rot with zest. But his detractors harp on non-passage of Electoral Reform Bill, among other key indices. That no mountain was made of the molehill after Edo and Ondo elections owes much to the observed marked improvement. As the administration makes elections credible, improve human rights, reform the police, it must also confront insecurity, corruption, inequity, unemployment and road construction to safeguard lives, reduce pains, improve businesses and tackle widespread poverty.

No democracy is immune to abuse. As the 2020 American presidential election showed, it takes citizens and institutions to strengthen democratic foundation. The American judiciary rose to the occasion when it was called. If not, the attempt to halt vote counting, galvanize violence and disrupt the election would have succeeded with irreparable damaged to America’s over 200-year-old democracy. Congratulations to Mr. Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris and The Democrats.

One of the problems Edo APC had before election was the gang-up against the no-nonsense leadership of erstwhile National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. A splinter of desperate party men led by Governor Godwin Obaseki, in cahoots with over-ambitious governors across parties, mobilized to overthrow the party’s elected National Working Committee. They successfully removed the NWC, paving way for the Governor Mala Buni-led Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, but not until after exposing themselves as 2023 desperadoes. One of the ‘offences’ unfairly levelled against Oshiomhole was the loss of Bayelsa State governorship election in the court of law. As the court judgment against APC Deputy Governor-elect ordered, PDP’s Duoye Diri was sworn-in as Governor after the initial winner, APC’s David Lyon, had concluded oath-taking preparations. Governor Obaseki, an APC Governor then, celebrated the judgment in Edo State.

Obaseki was later disqualified for lack of certificates by the Oshiomhole-led APC, which opted to field a qualified candidate, Pastor Andrew Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Thereafter, he dumped APC, picked PDP’s ticket and won the election on 19th September. Seeing how he was exposed after his 2016 election victory by the same PDP, Obaseki knows he would be walking a tight rope once the election predictably returned for judicial interpretation at the courts, where he and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, are now on cliff-hanger battling to save their plum offices and political careers.

Over time, the celebration of Bayelsa APC’s loss and by extension, the fall of Oshiomhole, has continued to haunt the people that made it fait accompli. As events have now shown, Oshiomhole was not the problem of APC. Six months after Oshiomhole left office, another monumental political disaster is about to befall Bayelsa APC. Last week, a High Court disqualified the party’s candidate for Bayelsa West District bye-election and former Deputy Governor, Peremobowei Ebebi, after verifying his eligibility. With this fresh crisis in Bayelsa APC, the PDP flagbearer and immediate past Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson is assured of an easy victory.

Meanwhile, Edo State Government continues its plans for a low-key inauguration ceremony in Benin City scheduled for 12th November. But the allegations of perjury and forgery on the necks of Governor Godwin Obaseki and Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, have overshadowed what should have been another historic moment. They are yoked by a two-prong cases simultaneously at the Edo Governorship Election Petition tribunal in Benin City and the Federal High Court in Abuja. There are five petitions at the tribunal contesting his alleged ineligibility, INEC’s omission of names or logos and malpractices. On the other hand, there are two pre-election cases at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking to determine authenticity of Obaseki and Shaibu’s educational claims and their eligibility.

The tribunal began sitting penultimate Friday. The following Wednesday, Federal High Court heard the cases and adjourned to 16th November.

Candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Iboi Emmanuel apparently filed the most germane petition at the tribunal. Mr. Emmanuel took 3rd position in the election. He is praying the tribunal to disqualify Obaseki, sack him for forgery and re-allocate his votes to others since the Governor was ineligible to contest the election, ab initio, according to Section 138 (1) (a) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

Ize-Iyamu, runner-up in the election, further explained the Abuja cases. “On our part, we have filed two pre-election cases against the PDP and its flagbearer challenging their eligibility to contest the election. These are lawful and integral parts of the electoral process in any democracy, which we must all respect and acknowledge as genuine democrats. The outcome of these pending cases has direct effect on the election.”

Beside the inconsistency in his NYSC Discharge Certificate, there are many questions the cases seek to answer on Obaseki. One, how could the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan from December 1975 to November 1979, Prof Tekena Tamuno, who died in 2015, sign Obaseki’s re-issued certificate for the election? Two, why is Obaseki’s date of admission into UI inconsistent with the date of his graduation? Three, how did he obtain UI admission and degree in Classics with just three passes (excluding English and Mathematics)? Four, his acclaimed A-Level etc.

The PDP has admitted error in Obaseki’s certificates. On its part, INEC revealed it did not investigate Obaseki’s certificates and disclosed it lacks the power to disqualify him. The drama will reach full circle in the coming days.

Democracy is more than election. Election is more than voting. Election is regulated by laws that must be obeyed. Leaders cannot approbate and reprobate at will or at whims and caprices. They cannot praise a sore loser in another clime who sought unsuccessfully to abort a democratic process before running to the court and condemn contestants here that peacefully approach the judiciary for proper interpretation of perjury and forgery. Nobody goes to equity with soiled hands. Edo State deserves more than liars and crooks as leaders.

Considering how Obaseki and PDP are surreptitiously pursuing their own baseless and rudderless pre-election cases against APC and its candidate, the exercising of Ize-Iyamu’s legal rights must be commended, respected, supported and pursued, logically, by all democrats, nonetheless President Buhari and APC leadership. That is one apt way to raise the national democratic bar.

Sebastine EBHUOMHAN is a multiple award-winning journalist from Edo State resident in Abuja. He can be reached at: usie007@yahoo.com, 08037204620, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

‘I’m off to APC’, Dave Umahi tells PDP

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, told the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja on Tuesday that he was leaving the party.

He said he would join the ruling All Progressives Congress which he claimed would protect the interest of the South-East in the 2023 elections.

Our correspondent gathered that Umahi told the members of the National Working Committee of the PDP that his decision to join the APC was irrevocable.

The members of the PDP NWC, who were led to the meeting by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, were said to have tried in vain to convince the governor not to abandon the party.

Apart from Secondus, among those that were at the meeting at the Ebonyi Governor’s Lodge in Abuja were Deputy National Secretary, Agbo Emmanuel; National Organising Secretary, Austin Akobondu; Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Maibasira; National Women Leader, Mariya Waziri and Senator Sulieman Nazif.

The governor was said to be friendly when he received the PDP delegation, but stuck to his decision to leave the PDP when the issue came up.

It was gathered that the PDP delegation impressed it upon the governor that there was no need leaving the PDP for the APC, which they argued had become unpopular.

Sources at the meeting, however, said the governor was not convinced, insisting that the APC was planning to zone the 2023 Presidency to the South-East.

He was said to have promised to stay in the PDP if the party could make a pronouncement that it would zone the Presidency to the same zone.

One of the sources said, “I think his (governor’s) mind was made up. We told him there was no need for him to abandon the party that had made him a deputy governor, state chairman of the party, two-time governor and all that. But he refused.

“He wanted us to unilaterally zone the office of the Presidency to his area. We cannot do that. Parties are not run that way. He told us he was leaving. That is what we got from him.’’

When contacted, Secondus confirmed that the party’s leadership met with Umahi.

He, however, refused to declared the details of the meeting, insisting that the meeting was on ‘‘national issues.’’

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BREAKING: Governor Umahi has defected to APC, says Ebonyi lawmaker

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

The member representing Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, had on Saturday 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 National Assembly member from Ebonyi State elected on the platform of APC, revealed that Umahi’s defection was perfected after his meeting with critical stakeholders and leaders of APC including President 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 must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.

“I am calling on other 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 politics for overall development of our zone and the country in general.

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

But the Governor in a press statement this afternoon through his 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 was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“It 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 Democratic Party (PDP), it 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 chanced 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.

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