- Governor David Umahi is reportedly set to join the ruling party APC
- The Ebonyi governor announced his decision to leave PDP during a meeting with leaders of the party
- Umahi is said to be convinced that APC may zone it 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast region
David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has reportedly told the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he is ready to call it quits.
According to The Punch, the governor made his defection known on Tuesday, November 10, confirming the speculations that he is parting ways with the opposition block.
Speaking to the PDP national working committee members in his home in Abuja, Umahi was said to have maintained that his decision to leave the party is irrevocable and can never be stopped.
Legit.ng gathers that Umahi told the PDP leadership that he will be pitching his tents with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), citing southeast 2023 presidency project as the reason for his decision.
According to an inside source, the governor was said to be convinced that the ruling party may zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast.
Although members of the PDP including the deputy national secretary Agbo Emmanuel, women leader Mariya Waziri, and national organising secretary Austin Akobondu tried to persuade the governor to stay, Umahi maintained that there is no going back on the decision.
Umahi earlier spoke on the southeast presidency
This publication earlier reported that the Ebonyi state governor pitched his tents with those who believed the next president should come from the southeast region.
The conversation on who takes the baton of leadership from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 has been gaining momentum with groups, coalitions and individuals establishing arguments on where the presidency should be zoned to.
Speaking during a broadcast on Monday, October 26, Umahi, who is the chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum (SGF), posited that for the sake of fairness and justice, and more importantly to protect the national harmony, the next president should come from the southeast.
We have not decided where to zone 2023 ticket - APC
Meanwhile, APC earlier stated that it has not yet decided which region it would zone its presidential ticket by 2023.
Chairman of the party's national caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, made this know during an interview with the Saturday Sun.
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