- The PDP has held a discussion with Governor David Umahi over his planned defection to the APC
- Sources say the governor of Ebonyi state has resolved to leave the PDP
- The reason for Umahi's planned defection has not yet been disclosed
A report has emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is making last-minute moves to stop Governor David Umahi from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Nation newspaper reported that the National Working Committee (NWC) party at a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, November 10, tried to dissuade the Ebonyi state governor from joining the ruling party.
Sources who spoke anonymously told the newspaper that attempts to stop Umahi’s defection were not successful.
They said modalities are already being put in place in the Ebonyi state for the governor’s planned defection.
Below are pictures of some PDP leaders who attended a meeting with Umahi over his defection plan:
According to the sources, two very close aides of the governor were overseeing the preparations for the ceremony.
The report also stated that the 13 local government chairmen in the state have reiterated their support and readiness to defect with the governor.
The Ebonyi governor is believed to be seeking a platform to pursue his future political ambition after the expiration of his second term tenure in 2023.
Meanwhile, a coalition of Igbo youth groups and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) have endorsed two politicians from the southeast for the presidency in 2023.
The groups on Saturday, August 15, recommended the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, and the Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi as the best Igbo candidates to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, The Nation reported.
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According to their statement, they justified their recommendations on the argument that both Onu and Umahi were transparent in governance.
In another news, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it is bent on putting a president of southeast origin in Aso Rock in 2023.
The Nation reported that the pan-Igbo group made the statement through its overseas chairman, Nwachukwu Anakwenze, said the southeast is leaving no stone unturned in its bid to make an Igbo man president.
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