The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, on Tuesday is said to have told the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja that he was leaving the PDP for the APC.
The Governor is said to have decided to join the All Progressive Party on claims that the interest of the South-east party will be hugely protected come 2023 elections. According to sources he made the decision which he said was irrevocable to join the APC because the APC intend to zone the Presidential position for the 2023 general elections to the South-East.
Governor Dave Umahi told the members of the National Working Committee of the PDP his decision, the PDP working committee 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.
Gov Dave Umahi 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 Dave Umahi.
He, however, refused to declare the details of the meeting, insisting that the meeting was on ‘‘national issues.’’
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