- Iyorchia Ayu, the PDP national chairman has predicted that Senator George Akume will soon defect to the opposition
- According to Ayu, he had earlier prophesied that Akume would join the APC and it came to pass, adding that the minister is on his way back to PDP
- Akume, the minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs was a governor of Benue state under the platform of PDP
The newly inugurated national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu says Senator George Akume, is on his way back to the poosition, Daily Trust reports.
Akume, a two-time governor of Benue under the PDP between 1999 and 2007, is the current minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs.
Ayu made the statement at the defection ceremony of John Dyegh, the House of Representatives member for Gboko/Tarka constituency.
According to him, he knew exactly what he was implying, adding that the minister who is leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the northcentral will come back to the PDP as a prodigal son.
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In another report by The Nation, the PDP national chairman urged the party to heartily receive him and accord him all necessary support.
While noting that Akume is coming back to the PDP, Ayi recalled how he earlier prophesied that the minister would hold the broom and he did.
“I earlier prophesied that Akume would hold broom and he did. Now I am prophesying that he will come back to the PDP. When he comes back, do not reject him but make sure you rehabilitate him because where he is now, he is not thinking straight.
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, Akume dismissed viral claims that he will contest for the position of vice president in the 2023 presidential election.
The minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs debunked the reports on Tuesday, October 26, through his special adviser on media and public affairs, Mkor Aondona.
Aondona noted that his principal has neither indicated interest to run for the position nor employed the services of anyone to campaign on his behalf for this purpose.
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Meanwhile, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state said he has no plan to return to the opposition party.
Governor Umahi's media aide, Francis Nwaze, said the governor made this known during a special thanksgiving service held at the state’s new chapel in Abakiliki on Sunday, December 12.
There have been speculations in the state that the governor who joined the APC in November 2020 may be considering a return to the PDP.