Umahi: The inspiration to rank the file right across Nigeria - PDP Chieftain

 Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

By Garba Usman

Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Aviation Minister said the Peoples Democractic Party, PDP still needs Governor David Umahi and described him as a great asset to the opposition party in the country.

The former aviation Minister made this disclosure on his confirmed Twitter page while reacting on the reports about Governor Umahi's plan to dump PDP and join APC and stated that the Ebonyi Governor has been a source of strength and inspiration to the party.

The PDP Chieftain said: “The fact of the matter is that we need him just as we need everyone else and petty divisions and internal wranglings at this crucial time do not help us.

“Umahi is a great asset to the party and a source of strength and inspiration to the rank -‘d file right across the country."

He warned the leadership of PDP, over the planned defection of Governor Umahi to APC, the ruling party at the centre as the media have been awash with the new development in the country.

Fani-Kayode said he is yet to confirm the news but described Umahi’s rumoured defection to APC as troubling.

According to him, other governors may join Umahi to defect to the APC which will affect the party’s chances of winning the 2023 presidential election.

The PDP Chieftain on his Twitter page also wrote: “The rumour that my friend and brother Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi state is planning to leave @OfficialPDPNig and join @OfficialAPCNg is troubling.

“I am yet to confirm if it is true and I will see him in the next few days to know the true position of things but if it is then I urge the leadership of the PDP to do all they can to ensure that he stays. Not only is he a profoundly good man and an excellent Governor but his contributions to the success of the PDP over the last 20 years at various levels is immeasurable and simply extraordinary.

“Apart from that he happens to be a good friend of mine and someone I hold in high esteem, immense respect and affection for. Unlike many he is forthright and his word is his bond. He is either with you or against you, he is fearless, bold and has the courage of his convictions.”

He further called on the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus to do everything within his power to persuade Umahi to stay at the party.

“What makes the matter worse is that other Governors may also contemplate leaving if he does because he has a lot of friends and goodwill amongst them.
“If that happens it will affect our party’s chances in the 2023 presidential election in a very significant way.

“Again I call on the National Chairman and the NWC of our great party to do all they can to keep Umahi on board.

“He is one of our brightest and best and losing him to the APC would be a monumental error and great tragedy,” he warned.

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