- The defection of Governor Umahi from the PDP to the APC has continued to generate heated reactions
- Fayose, former Ekiti state governor and PDP chieftain, slammed Umahi over the political move
- The former governor said Umahi, Ebonyi state governor, did not leave the PDP because of his interest in the southeast's development as he claimed
The former governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, has reacted to the defection of Governor David Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi state, had said he moved to the APC because of injustice the southeast region suffered in the hands of the PDP.
However, Fayose in his reaction claimed Governor Umahi's defection had nothing to do with the interest of the southeast.
The former governor said Umahi's political move reflects the type of leadership Nigeria "parades".
Fayose made this known in a thread of tweets posted on his verified Twitter page on Wednesday evening, November 18.
"Gov Umahi defected to APC long ago before this unjustifiable move, which clearly has nothing to do with the interest of the Igbo nation."
Ex-Governor Fayose's statement concerning Umahi's defection has continued to elicit reactions on Twitter.
Mr. Integrity, @AjammaS, said:
"For equity and fairness all political parties in Nigeria should zone 2023 presidency to South East."
Saheed Ishaq-OLATUNJI, @somoola04, commented, replying Mr. Integrity:
"When was the other time that was done to any geopolitical zone in Nigeria?"
Justice for all, @justice99653507, said:
"We the Igbo youth have disowned governor of Eboyi state Dev Umahi, it's a shame for an educated man like Umahi to behave in this manner, if Igbo must be president of Nigeria not under this kind of shameful un principled act of Dev Umahi, if he contest under APC he lost southEast"
Eze Barth, @EzeBarth1, said:
"He want a place were him and his family will be in charge, just protecting his interest"
Athlete of truth, @ikedinma, said:
"PDP should do the needful, I rest my case"
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Nyesom Wike said his Ebonyi state counterpart, Umahi, left the PDP to pursue his presidential ambition.
Wike said Umahi left the party, not because injustice was meted to the southeast but because of his personal presidential bid.
The Rivers leader also disclosed that his defection did not come to the PDP members as a surprise because the Ebonyi governor was already building a political romance with the ruling party over time.
Meanwhile, following the defection of Governor Umahi to the APC, the ruling party is reportedly planning a massive raid on the PDP in an attempt to lure some of its bigwigs in the southeast.
The APC leadership under the caretaker chairmanship of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has directed the party's members from the southeast to reach out to more governors and National Assembly members in the region.
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