Wednesday August 04, 2021 8:25 PM

Defection: Umahi accuses PDP of injustice against South East

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has explained why he took the decision of decamping to to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

According to Umahi, his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party had failed the people of the Southeast, adding that he he had no regrets of taking the decision

Speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki, he accused the PDP of injustice against the Southeast geo-political zone.

He however dismissed the widespread rumor that his defection was hinged on 2023 presidential ambition.

Umahi said: “I want to clear the air that I never sought for the PDP presidential ticket and I will not. So, whoever said that I moved to the 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 when over 8,000 delegates will be voting. And such a 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 the Southeast. 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 Southeast any position.

“However, I offered this movement as a protest to injustice being done to the Southeast by the PDP. Since 1999, the Southeast have supported the PDP. At a time, the five states were all PDP. One of the founding members of the PDP was from Southeast, the late former Vice President Dr Alex Ekwueme.

“It is absurd that since 1999, going to 2023, the Southeast will never be considered to run for the presidency under the PDP. And this is my position and it will continue to be my position. It had nothing to do with me or my ambition.”

Umahi said he would not relent in fighting for the interest of the Southeast anytime.

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