Confusion on Umahi's alleged defection to APC

By Victor Nwegede

Rumour is gaining ground that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has allegedly abandoned his PDP family and defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC. 

This rumour has been circulated even on the social media and it has become the talk of the town.

NATIONAL PANEL gathered that the member representing Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the House of representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, has commended the state Governor, Chief Dave Umahi for defecting to the All Progressives Congress(APC).

This was circulated on social media platform for news update in the state.

The circulation made by the Special Assistant to the Rep-member on Media, Charles Kenechukwu, stated that, "there were rumours that Umahi have defected to the APC after meeting several leaders of the party including President Muhammadu Buhari. 

 It also stated tha Ogah the only National Assembly member of Ebonyi State extraction who was  elected on the platform of APC while reacting to the development, described it as a bold step and move in the right direction.

He urged Governors of Abia, Enugu and Anambra to join the APC for stability in the polity and south east.

"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 other Governor in 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 overall development of our zone and the country in general.

"President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him", Ogah said."

Confirming the authenticity of the governor's alleged defection through phone call, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze described the rumour as baseless.

Nwaze said: "Governor David Umahi is still in PDP. Please, disregard the baseless rumours on his defection."

It could be recalled that Engr. David Nweze Umahi is a two term serving Governor elected under the platform of PDP, beginning from May 29, 2015. 

Before then, he served as the Ebonyi State PDP Chairman, after which, he became the state Deputy Governor under former Governor Martins Nwanchor Elechi.

Presently, Umahi is the Chairman, South East Governor's Forum, with overwhelming commendations on his administration by National and international communities following his infrastructural turnarounds in the state.

Meanwhile, Ebonyi residents who interacted with NATIONAL PANEL had expressed confusion on what led to his alleged defection to APC at this moment.

Notwithstanding, Umahi's Media Aide has issued a statement against the defection saga but the Ogah's media aide insisted that the state Governor's defection is true.

"My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.

If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers.

The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour." The press release by Umahi's Media Aide read.

 "I wonder how you feel comfortable sleeping at night?...Have you ever failed a course in the University and announced it to the Public? You guys got first hand information and now debunking the information erroneously. Let's watch Dave announce it himself." Ogah's media aide contradicted.

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