The governorship candidate of Advanced Allied Party (AAP) in Ebonyi state , Ogbonnaya Okorie has stepped down for Governor David Umahi of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Briefing Journalists in Abakaliki, Okorie said he has “resigned his membership of Advanced Allied Party to throw his support and supporters to join the PDP in the reelection of Umahi on March 9.”
He noted that all the leadership and executive of his former party, AAP, were in full support of his decision to pitch tent with Umahi and PDP.
Okorie said the Governor has demonstrated uncommon leadership and there was no need to change the winning team, noting that everybody must not be Governor at the same time.
He said: “after wide consultations and in consideration of the achievements of the incumbent Governor, Engr. David Umahi, I have resigned my membership of my party, Advanced Allied Party (AAP) and to throw my support and supporters to join the Peoples Democractic Party, the PDP”.
“I was never forced or cornered to join the PDP, rather it was my own decision backed by evidence of the leadership the Governor has provided. In the cause of my debate with the Governor, he did promise to give me N10 million for my election and I, hereby urge the governor to add the money in his campaign while I will make my personal donation towards the election of Governor David Umahi come March 9, 2019”.
Okorie therefore, called on other governorship candidates of other political parties to join hands in ensuring the emergence of Umahi at the poll as he has shown that he is the best among equal.