Defection: APC will welcome Umahi, says Eze


The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Ebonyi, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, has said that the party will welcome Governor David Umahi with ‘open arms’ if his rumoured defection becomes true.

Hon. Chinedu Ogah Member representing Ikwo/ Ezza South Federal Constituency under the APC platform yesterday, announced that Umahi has defected to the APC from the PDP and commended him for making such move.

Umahi in his reaction through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Francis Nwaze, debunked the defection report, describing it as ‘a figment of report carriers’ imagination’.

Eze, the APC Chairman in Ebonyi however, said today that the party will be happy to receive and work with Umahi if the rumour eventually turns out to be true.

“Our present stand is that it is a rumuor because nothing has suggested such to me or my office and none of our national leaders has communicated us to that effect.

“We will however, not be against his joining us because we want our party to grow and spread its ideology all over Nigeria.

The APC state Chairman said that Umahi’s defection will show that he has lost confidence in his party, PDP and also affirm that the APC national and state leadership are strong.

“Nobody will contemplate joining a party that is not strong or has credible and trustworthy leadership at the national and state levels.

“The situation will be likened to the present ‘miracle churches’ where people throng because they believe that their problems can be solved there,” he said.

He however urged party members in the state not to be ‘nervous’ or ‘afraid’ over the issue because the party’s national leadership will handle it effectively.

“People have been calling me, expressing fear of their fate if Umahi joins APC but I assure them that no one will be displaced if he eventually joins us.

“Our national leadership has not told us of any arrangement for his defection but in politics, every arrangement, consultation and registration is from ‘bottom to top’.

“Our national caretaker chairman is a ‘party man’ who knows the rules, right channels, procedures and rose from the scratch to double ‘maidenly’ as a governor and a national chairman,” he said.

Eze however urged party members to allow the appropriate authorities relay sensitive information to the public while noting that his criticisms of the governor were ‘constructive and not ‘vindictive’.

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