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Umahi Tells Wike Why He Dumped PDP For APC



The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, disclosed the reason on Tuesday why he pulled out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Recall that Umahi formally defected to the APC from PDP on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The Governor had claimed then that he moved to the ruling party because of injustice meted out to the Southeast by the PDP.

Two years ago, Umahi said he had no deal with the APC or any party member concerning the zoning of the presidential position to the southeast in 2023, as touted in some quarters.

Speaking, however, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Tuesday after meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike, Umahi said he forsaw the future of the PDP two years ago.

Umahi was in Port Harcourt purposely for the project commissioning ceremony by Governor Wike scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Speaking on why he dumped PDP, Umahi said in Port Harcourt that he foresaw betrayal in the opposition camp, adding that he also saw before now that there wouldn’t be equity and justice in the party at a time like this.

The Ebonyi State Governor said this in reaction to the crisis rocking the PDP camp involving Governor Wike and his four allies seeking the removal of the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Addressing Wike, Umahi said: “You know your excellency. You may not know that I am also an Apostle and a Deacon.

“When I pulled out of PDP, I didn’t pull out of PDP because of you. We’ve been together, we always plan together, and we put Secondus together.

“You always conceive the idea, and they will always sell it to us. But I foresaw today, I foresaw there would be betrayal, I foresaw there wouldn’t be equity and justice. And that was why I pulled out.

“But for the sake of the unity of this country. We must put the unity of this country first. We must have Nigeria before anyone can be president, governor, can be this and that.

“And I want to thank you very much. But on what you are doing in the River States, what you are doing across the nation is giving a lot of proof that you don’t care who Yoruba, who is Igbo or who is South-South or who is Hausa.

“Everybody to you is one and is about the soul of Nigeria. I commend you very very highly.”

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