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Ebonyi APC chieftain berates Umahi’s defection to the party

The governor’s cross over to APC would hurt the party’s integrity, he said.

• November 18, 2020
David Umahi (Credit: BBC)
David Umahi (Credit: BBC)

Egwu Chima, a party chieftains and former information commissioner in Ebonyi says Governor Dave Umahi’s defection from the PDP to APC would not add any value to his new party.

Mr. Chima told NAN on Wednesday in Abakaliki the defection by the governor to APC would hurt the integrity of the party rather than reinvigorate and enhance its fortunes.

“While in the PDP, Umahi’s love for President Muhammadu Buhari was a sing-song though Buhari has lost every election in the governor’s polling unit, ward and local government,” Mr. Chima said.

Mr. Umahi had on Tuesday announced his defection to APC at a news conference in Abakaliki, ending months of speculations.

He said his defection was to protest against the injustice meted to the southeast by the PDP, the party he had supported since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999.

The APC leader who is also a one-time chairman of Afikpo South local Government Area however disputed the governor’s claim, saying Mr. Umahi’s mission in the APC was known only to him.

He also said that there was no leadership vacuum in Ebonyi APC and that Mr. Umahi’s claim that he would take over the leadership of the party in the state and reposition it as a farce.

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