Defection: Claims of injustice to southeast by Umahi false, says Wike

Defection: Claims of injustice to southeast by Umahi false, says Wike

- The war of words between River state governor, Nyesom Wike and Engr Dave Umahi is still ongoing

- The issue is now a trending topic on social media, with many Nigerians sharing their thoughts on the political feud back and forth

- The verbal attacks started after the Ebonyi governor defected to the All Progressives Congress

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Wednesday, November 18 dismissed the claims of his Ebonyi counterpart, Dave Umahi, that he was leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to injustice.

The Rivers state governor said he is unhappy with the actions of Umahi in the buildup to his defections and his claims.

Asked by Channels TV if the PDP is willing to make some adjustments to allow room for better consultations, Wike said it is unnecessary, adding that no such problem exists in the party.

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Defection: Claims of injustice to southeast by Umahi false, says Wike
Governor Wike berated his Ebonyi colleague for using injustice as an excuse to leave the PDP. Photo credit: @GovWike
Source: Twitter

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His words:

“This so-called injustice you are talking about; you were chairman of the party under PDP – there was no injustice. You were deputy governor under the party – there was no injustice. You were governor for four years before, there was no injustice.
“Now you are a second-term governor, you are realizing there is injustice for the presidency. So, on what basis can you now say there is injustice?”

In response to Wike's comments, Governor Umahi described his Rivers state counterpart as a dictator, adding that he remotes the PDP.

On social media, Nigerians have been commenting on the verbal war between both governors.

Gloria Adagbon wrote:

“Wike is seriously pained on Umahi but the man spoke the truth. Why hasn’t PDP deemed it fit to zone its presidential ticket to southeast since they are mostly ardent supporters of PDP since 1999?”

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Ibraheem Babatunde wrote:

“Umahi left to avoid Wike's threat. Everyone believes he controls the party. Dave's maneuver is predicated on Wike's dictatorship! It's too obvious that Wike's ambition is to produce Governor Tambuwal as a presidential candidate, a decision that is unkind to Igbomanity. PDP's glory is southeast!”

Olu Chuks wrote:

“As a saboteur and a dog in the manger, Umahi has no cogent reason for this defection other than to sustain his romance with President Buhari.”

Morenikeji Kemilola wrote:

“If Governor Umahi is truly aiming for the presidency, then Nigeria is really a joke to most of these politicians. Not like I am bothered about these things; PDP and APC are different fingers from the same leprosy-infested hands.”

Meanwhile, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has reacted to the defection of Umahi to the APC.

The group made its stance known on the trending issue via a statement sent to on Wednesday, November 18 by its president, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu.

The AESID said the defection of Umahi didn't come as a surprise, stressing that the governor is known for political inconsistency since his foray into politics.

The group stated that the political life of the governor has become a domesticated case of a study in downright betrayal beginning from his days in the Dr Ogbonnaya Onu campaign Directorate in 1999.

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