- No PDP lawmaker has joined Governor Dave Umahi in his defection to the APC yet
- But, the governor is confident that they will join him soon in the ruling party
- The Ebonyi state governor says he knows what to do to get them to join him in his new political party
Governor Dave Umahi has claimed that many politicians in Ebonyi state, including federal lawmakers, will soon dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made the comment on Thursday, November 19 as he formally joined the ruling APC at a reception organised for him in Abakaliti, the Ebonyi state capital.
Umahi was received into the APC by its national caretaker chairman and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The Ebonyi received the APC flag, broom, and membership card from the chairman as a symbol of his formal entry into the ruling party.
The ceremony was attended by some APC leaders in the southeast, ministers and three other northern governors.
Speaking at the event, Buni said Umahi’s admission into the ruling party marked a new beginning in the history of Ebonyi state.
Responding, Umahi said:
“We have remained in the PDP for a very long time with all the empty promises. So, I think it’s high time we moved.
“Today, Ebonyi state is 99.9% APC; the remaining percent are the National Assembly members and some of our elders’ council. I know too well that all of them will soon join us in APC because, in Ebonyi state, there is no opposition.
“I know what the National Assembly members are looking for and the moment they get it, they will join us in APC. I want to assure all that this new house built on equity and trust will accommodate all.”
The governor's comment comes a day after all the federal lawmakers elected on the platform of the PDP in Ebonyi state vowed not to follow Umahi to the APC.
The Ebonyi state caucus of the National Assembly consists of five House of Representatives members and three senators.
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 Legit.ng 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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