- Ebonyi state lawmaker, Chris Usulor, said Governor Umahi wants to join the APC because of the 2023 presidential race and the quest for the southeast presidency
- Usulor, however, said he would not leave the PDP, adding that lawmakers in the state have the choice to either follow Umahi or remain in the PDP
- Noting that Umahi's reason for his planned defection is justified, Usulor said major political parties in the country should zone their 2023 presidential tickets to the southeast
A lawmaker in Ebonyi state, Chris Usulor, has said he would not join the state governor, David Umahi in his alleged planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Usulor, representing Ezza South Constituency in Ebonyi state House of Assembly, made this known during a live phone-in radio programme monitored by The Nation.
He said Governor Umahi has informed the state legislators about his plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC and the reason for his action.
According to Usulor, the Ebonyi state governor said he is moving to the APC as the PDP has reportedly refused to accept zoning its 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast.
The lawmaker said while Governor Umahi's reason is justified, he would remain in the PDP as he believes that the PDP can still be pressured to zone the presidential ticket to the southeast.
Usulor added that there is also no assurance that the APC which the governor wants to join will zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast.
He also noted that Governor Umahi did not compel anyone to follow him to the APC, adding that lawmakers have the choice to decide whether to defect or not.
“The zoning of the president to the southeast should be key in our heart. That is what he is agitating for, that is what all of us are agitating for."
Usulor said all the political parties in the country should zone their presidential tickets to the southeast in 2023 in the interest of fairness.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of the APC in Ebonyi state, Eze Nwachukwu, gave an update regarding the alleged planned defection of Governor Umahi.
Nwachukwu said he was on Wednesday, November 11, informed about Umahi's planned defection by the National Working Committee of the APC in a meeting in Abuja.
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