Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reports of the governor planning to defect to the ruling party have been rife online for some days.
The governor today put paid to all the rumors as he formally announced his defection.
At a press conference in Abakaliki, the state capital, Governor Umahi confirmed he has joined the ruling party. He hinged his defection on what he described on the ”injustice” done to the south-east by the PDP since 1998.
“Let me clear the air and state that I never sort for the ticket of PDP Presidency and I will not. Whoever that said that I moved to APC because they refused to zone the ticket to me is being very mischievous. Because even if PDP promises me, an individual a presidential ticket, how does it work?
It is expected that well over 8000 delegates would elect the person and such promise can not happen without more than 10 or 20 people. People are being very mischievous but I tell you, there are a lot of prominent people from South East that can take the slot of PDP.
Why am I moving to APC? Some people said I was promised this and that but I tell you, there is no such discussion. APC never promised me any position, they never promised South East any position, there was no such discussion, however I offered this movement as a protest to the injustice being done to South East by the PDP since 1998 till date.” the governor said
The Ebonyi state Governor went further to say he didn’t join APC for presidential ambition, and averred that he will be quitting politics by the end of his second term in office in 2023.
”People can write all that they want to write, it is not my business. In 2023, if God permits, I will be quitting politics and I will be very satisfied because the miracles in Ebonyi State may just be the reason I was born in the first place.
“If people are shouting in this country about fairness, equity, and justice, and I stand in a place where such is not practice, then I have to re-examine my head.
“Let it be known that I am God’s project and I don’t go beyond the limit of my calling. I am satisfied being a governor and by His grace, for eight years.”