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Defection: Governor Dave Umahi Speaks




Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has reacted to speculations that he has defected to All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to reports, Umahi’s defection was brokered by a member of the House of Representatives, Chinedu Ogah, who belongs to the APC.

Ogah in a statement on Saturday, October 17, the lawmaker congratulated Governor Umahi for purportedly dumping his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC.

The lawmaker reportedly said: “Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy. ‘’I am calling on other Governors in the south east to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for the overall development of our zone and the country in general.”

However, reacting to the defection speculation, Governor Umahi dismissed the reports.

In a statement released by his media aide, Francis Nweze, Governor Umahi denied the purported defection, describing the report as false and a figment of the originator’s imagination.

Nweze said Governor Umahi will make an official announcement if, for any reason, he wishes to dump the PDP, adding that such information will not come from those he described as “rumour mongers’’.




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