I’m leaving PDP for APC – Governor of Umaha finally breaks the silence
After weeks of endless speculation, the Governor of Ebony State announced his intention to join the All-Progressive Congress.
Ebony State Governor Dave Umahi told the national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in Abuja on Tuesday that he was leaving the party.
Punch said he said he would join the All-Progressive Congress, which he believes will protect the interests of the South East in the 2023 elections.
Umahi is believed to have told members of the PDP National Working Committee that his decision to join APC was irrevocable.
NWC PDP members, led by President Prince Uche Secundus to the meeting, tried in vain to convince the governor not to leave the party.
In addition to Secondus, the meeting in the box of the Governor of Ebony in Abuja was attended by Deputy National Secretary Agbo Emmanuel; National Organizational Secretary Austin Akobondu; Financial Secretary Abdullahi Maybasir; National Women’s Leader Maria Vaziri and Senator Suliman Nazif.
The governor is said to have been friendly when he received the NDP delegation, but he stuck to his decision to leave the NDP when the question arose.
It was agreed that the PDP delegation made it clear to the governor that there was no need to leave the PDP in favor of the APC, which they felt had become unpopular.
Sources at the meeting, however, said the governor was not convinced, insisting that the APC was planning to split the 2023 presidency to the southeast.
It was rumored that he had promised to remain in the NDP if the party announced that it was zoning the presidency in the same zone.
One source said: “I think he (the governor) got his mind hooked. We told him that he didn’t need to leave the party, which twice made him deputy governor, president of the party state, governor. But he refused.
“He wanted us to unilaterally share the president’s office in his area. We cannot do this. The parties are not organized this way. He told us he was leaving. This is what we got from him. “
When contacted, Secundus confirmed that the party leadership had met with Umahi.
However, he refused to disclose details of the meeting, insisting that the meeting was devoted to “national issues.”