Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state Sartuday denied the rumours making rounds that he dumped People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressive Congress (APC).
Rumour of his defection became stronger on Saturday afternoon when the Federal Lawmaker representing Ezza South/ Ikwo federal constituency, Comrade Chinedu Oga, released a statement confirming it.
Oga, the only APC House of Representatives lawmaker from Ebonyi state, in a statement congratulated Umahi for taking a bold step and move in the right direction.
He also urged other PDP governors in Southeast to do same.
“Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.
“I am calling on other Governor in south east to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for overall development of our zone and the country in general.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him,” he said.
But Umahi while responding to Blueprint correspondent on the defection denied it and simply said, “did I tell you so? no”.
Also, a statement released by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Francis Nwaze, further stated that the governor remained a PDP card bearer.
“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”