- Governor Umahi denied dumping the PDP for the APC
- He said he will not join the APC even if there is the need for him to leave the PDP
- The governor added that he cannot be in the same party with Ebonyi APC leaders whom he claimed had failed the state
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has denied decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umahi added that “even if there is a need” for him to leave the PDP, he can never leave for the “kind of APC in Ebonyi state”, The Cable reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Umahi said this on Tuesday, July 17, while addressing journalists regarding recent reports that he has left the PDP.
Regarded in some quarters as an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor once reportedly expressed support for the president to seek a second term in office.
But he said his relationship with President Buhari is personal because the president is his “boss”.
“Mr President or any APC person has never asked me to come to APC, and they will never ask me. And there is no reason for me to leave my party, PDP, of which I was the party chairman, deputy governor and now governor,” he said.
“I have always insisted in character. People that jump from one party to the other should examine their characters, except if there is any problem within your party. As for today, till tomorrow until Christ comes, there is no crisis in PDP.
“Even if there is a need for me to leave PDP, I can never leave PDP to the kind of APC in Ebonyi state because with the kind of leaders in Ebonyi APC, leaders that have failed Ebonyi state, I can never be on the same political platform with them.”
Meanwhile, there was a drama on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, July 17, when the PDP and the APC exchanged words over the just concluded Ekiti state governorship elections.
PDP’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, during the programme said his party has rejected the results of the election because it was allegedly marred by fraudulent practices.
APC member, Senator Ayo Arise, however, dismissed the allegation of votes buying stressing that his party did not engage in “blatant vote buying like setting up Kiosk.”
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