- APC governorship candidate in Ebonyi, Senator Ogbuoji, has alleged that Governor Umahi would defect to APC before May 29
- INEC had on Sunday, March 10, declared Umahi the winner of the governorship election in the state
- Umahi, however, described the purported defection as one of the new propaganda of the APC after being rejected by the people of the state
Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ebonyi state for the Saturday, March 9 election, has alleged that Governor David Umahi would defect to the APC on or before May 29 inauguration of elected Nigeria’s president and governors.
Vanguard reports that Umahi who was reelected for second term in office, was a state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was the deputy governor of Ebonyi state before he was elected first term governor in 2015.
Legit.ng gathered that Ogbuoji made the allegation in Enugu, on Tuesday, March 12, at a press conference on the outcome of the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections in Ebonyi state.
The APC candidate described the elections as a mock exercise, where people were coerced to reject a happy future. He fingered some of his fellow party members as moles and denied he worked for victory of his opponent at the polls.
“We therefore reject in its entirety, the shambolic exercise, the processes that led to it and the result or outcome.
“I am aware also of those among us that desired the change we targeted to bring, seemingly worked for it but in the actual sense worked in contrary direction and deliberately frustrated the change they claimed to belong to.
“A clearer picture of this is the information we have now that while the governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, had acted as a mole in PDP all along, he has started making moves to ditch PDP and cross over to the APC on before May 29,” Ogbuoji alleged.
Governor Umahi’s spokesman and chief press secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, however, punctured the claim of defection, saying: “It’s not true. It’s one of the new propaganda of the APC, having been rejected by the people of the state. Umahi is more concerned on delivering quality development to the state and thinks less about politics."
Recall that the PDP governorship candidate Umahi was on Sunday, March 10, declared the winner of the election in Ebonyi state as he led in all the 13 local government areas of the state.
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, Ogbuoji gave notice of approaching tribunal for reversal of the Ebonyi mandate, saying he will contest the outcome of the poll.
He urged faithful party members not to be discouraged.
Addressing newsmen on the position of the party following the contest which returned the incumbent, Governor Umahi, the APC candidate described the exercise as a sham which would not stand in the face of the law.
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