Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has reacted to the defection of Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
Wike said Umahi’s defection was induced by his desperation to be President of Nigeria.
He said, “My friend, Umahi wants to be president. No problem with that. You have a right to be president. Nobody can stop you. You are educated. You have been governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria.
“But, that does not mean you have to blackmail your party, and tell lies to the people you are leaving the party because of the injustice meted against the South East, that is not correct.”
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He demanded that Umahi retract the allegation that PDP has not been fair to the South-East.
Wike said, “In life, power is sweet, but conscience is important. It is most offensive and insulting for a man to lie against his party because of power.
“My reaction to Governor Umahi’s defection is not that he has no right to defect, but to say he is defecting because of injustice meted to the South East that is insulting to the PDP.”