The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has confirmed his defection to the ruling All Progressive Congress(APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Umahi told journalists in Abakaliki on Tuesday that he had no regrets leaving the PDP.
The governor said he moved to the APC because of “injustice” meted out to the South-east by the PDP.
He said that he had no deal with the APC or any member of the party with regards to the zoning of the presidential position to the region.
He said: “I want to clear the air that I never sought (for) PDP presidential ticket and I will not. So whoever that said that I moved to APC because they refused to zone the ticket to me is being very mischievous.
“Even if PDP promises somebody presidential ticket how does it work where over 8000 delegates will be voting. And such promise cannot happen with more than 10 or 20 people so people are being very mischievous about that.
“There are a lot of qualified persons from South-east. Some people say I was promised lots of things by the APC, there was no such discussion. APC never promised me any position, they never promised South-east any position.
“However, I offered this movement as a protest to injustice being done to South-east by the PDP. Since 1999, the South-east have supported the PDP. At a time the five states were all PDP. One of the founding members of the PDP was from South-east, the late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme.
“It is absurd that since 1999 going to 2023, the South-east will never be considered to run for presidency under the PDP. And this is my position and will continue to be my position. It had nothing to do with me or my ambition,” Mr Umahi said.
Umahi insisted that he would continue to agitate for the interest of the South-east in or out of office.
He said he has decided to become the “sacrificial lamb” that would be crucified for the interest and good of the South-east as a zone.
The Ebonyi State governor said he was not driven by selfish reasons.
He said that he has since 2019 started the agitation for South-east Presidency, insisting that the zone must get it right now or else wait for another couple of years to get such opportunity again.
Mr Umahi further noted that despite his movement to the APC, he would not castigate the Peoples Democratic Party.
He still expressed hope that the PDP will consider the region and zone the Presidency to South-east for equity and fairness.
Mr Umahi, who said he might quit politics in 2023, said he has not yet declared interest for the presidency and would support any candidate from the zone for the position.
On the reason given by the PDP that it was not yet time for the issue of zoning, the governor said the PDP leadership was being economical with the truth.
“In 2015, PDP had zoned the next presidential slot to the north against 2019. Then the statement in Bauchi that the presidential slot is open to all parts of the country and the overtures and scheming to remove most members of the National Working Committee, these are some of the indications that the party has no intention of zoning it to the South-east.
“The point is very simple. In 2023, I would have been in PDP between 23 and 24 years and south east never really supported APC the way they are supporting PDP and in that 2023, they would have been eight years in office but it would have been about 23 years going.
“So, I believe strongly that the will of God will come to play but I believe that APC is amenable to working with South-east from all indication, it’s amenable and I also believe that until justice and equity is implanted in this nation Nigeria, it is difficult for Nigeria to make progress,” Mr Umahi said.
Ex- Nigerian Governor Conspicuously Declared PDP Dead, Announces 2023 As Burial Date
Ahead of 2023 elections in the country political class are now into alignment and realignment on how to either continue or wrestle power from ruling party.
Globaltimesnigeria.com gathered that former Adamawa state Governor, Bala James Ngilari, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has no future in Nigeria because it is a dying party.
Ngilari said this at the state All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders meeting on Saturday in Yola.
The former governor who defected to APC in 2020, was the PDP’s Adamawa North Senatorial Candidate at the 2019 general election.
”One of the reasons why I dumped PDP for APC is that PDP is a dying party. In fact, PDP is dead and it will be buried in 2023.
”Secondly, I don’t see PDP as an alternative for the future of Nigeria, because the contradictions in the party will make its members go to the graveyard and we will help them bury themselves.
”And the reason why I identified myself with APC is because of its laudable objectives that will take us to the promised land and give hope to our future generations,” Ngilari said.
He said that any nationalist who wanted the country to move to the next level should join APC as it has no alternative at present.
He said that there was hope for Nigeria and its citizens under the APC led Federal Government, urging progressive politicians across the country to rally round the party.
” I wish those who chose to remain in PDP well, ” Ngilari said.
He said that the APC currently has 90 percent followership in Adamawa, assuring that the party would take over the state in 2023.
“Adamawa has abundant natural resources if properly harnessed, the resources would boost the economy of the state and the country at large,” he said.
He called on the people of the state to support APC for the future and development of the state.
Uganda Election: Bobi Wine Says He won’t Accept Compromise Results, Citing Irregularities
Uganda’s opposition frontrunner in this week’s presidential election said on Friday he has rejected early preliminary results released by the electoral commission.
“We are winning,” Bobi Wine told a news conference at his home in the capital in which he alleged fraud and violence in Thursday’s polls but did not provide evidence.
His claims have not been independently verified by VAM News.
According to our sources said that the United States and the European Union, which have previously deployed observation missions for Ugandan elections, did not deploy teams this time, 2021.
Gov Sule’s Continuity Will Ensure Stability In Nasarawa – Says Sen. Adamu
Former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), has said that a second term in office for incumbent Governor of the state, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, will ensure continuity and stability in the state.
Senator Adamu stated this in a speech when he led stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from the Western Senatorial zone, on a thank-you visit on Engineer Sule, at the Government House, on Wednesday.
The lawmaker, who led stakeholders of the ruling party from his senatorial zone, to thank the Governor for appointing one of their own, Dr. John Mamman, as the state Caretaker Chairman of the APC, pointed out that a second term for Engineer Sule would ensure the Governor continues with laudable development strides.
Highlighting on the qualities of the state APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Adamu hailed the decision of the Governor to appoint Dr. Mamman to lead the party in the state.
The lawmaker however pointed out that to whom much was given, much was expected, and as such, the Western Senatorial zone must ensure that Dr. Mamman succeeds as the Chairman of the APC.
Senator Adamu stressed therefore that the only way the zone can show support for this magnanimous gesture from the Governor, is for the zone must to ensure that every nook and cranny in the zone is delivered to the APC.
Like their previous visit to the Government House, the Nasarawa West APC stakeholders, restated their total support for the Governor, declaring further that Engineer Sule remains the only viable candidate for the zone come 2023.
Senator Adamu however called on the Governor that despite the total support from the Western zone, he should continue with his development efforts and not to go to sleep.
Responding, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, commended the leadership, unity and cohesiveness of the people of the Nasarawa West Senatorial zone, urging them to sustain the tempo, not only for hos political ambition, but for the development of the zone.
According to the Governor, his administration is always encouraged to do more not only for the zone but Nasarawa State as a whole, mostly because of the massive support from the zone, especially whenever the state government initiates something that will go to the zone.
Engineer Sule described the appointment of Dr. John Mamman as the state Caretaker Chairman of the APC as the choice of God, adding that the interim party chairman never showed any interest to occupy the office.
He described Dr. Mamman as a loyal party man, who is honest, competent and has the capacity to lead the party in the state.
Commenting on the support from the zone, Engineer Sule informed the stakeholders that, considering his experience from the organized private sector, It’s not in his character to fall asleep while working to achieve an objective.
The Governor hinted on the strategy he will use to vanquish any opposition ahead of the 2023 general election, saying that the best way to deal with the opposition is to take a position that will scare them out of the competition.
“You do that in politics by doing the best you can. If I am suppose to construct 10 roads, my plan is to construct 20.
“If there is expectations from the people for me to build 200 schools, my plan is to build 400 schools,” he stated.
Engineer Sule said this was the best way to approach the opposition is by performance, by doing things that will make it difficult for somebody to come forward as a challenger.
“This is our plan for APC. It’s not a plan within APC but for APC against others. If there is any political party that is coming to override us, our plan is to override them,” Engineer Sule said.
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