Wednesday May 12, 2021 9:58 AM

Planned defection of gov Umahi to APC reportedly blocked by some stakeholders

Speculations are rife over reported plan being made by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. Dave Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to decamp to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has met a brickwall.

Sources say that some political Juggernautts in the South East region have blocked his entrance to the ruling party

This Day reports that that the governor was billed to join APC this week as gathered from reliable sources.

But the stakeholders in Ebonyi APC yesterday insisted that the defection of the governor was imminent.

The blocking of the governor’s defection, it was gathered, was plotted by some members of the National Assembly and ministers from the South-east.

It was learnt that these stakeholders made it clear to the Ebonyi State governor that the APC presidential ticket is not for grabs by him.

It was also gathered that the defection move was perfected and sealed during Umahi’s recent visit to Abuja where he met with APC top hierarchy.

A lot of activities are being lined up at the PA Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki, where the governor and others have perfected plans to officially defect, probably this week.

However, a source close to the Mala Buni-led APC said though the Ebonyi State governor is welcomed to the party, the APC cannot just give him the presidential ticket, adding that nothing indicates that the APC ticket has been zoned to the South-east.

“If anyone is promising him the presidential ticket, he should be careful because it is a Greek gift. APC cannot give him the ticket just because he defected to our party. ,” a source told THISDAY, adding: “We have others with presidential ambition and no one, even President Muhammadu Buhari can grant him the presidential ticket like that.”

Continuing, he said: “Who told Governor Umahi that the ticket is automatically granted to the South-east and Ebonyi State for that matter. We have presidential aspirants like Senator Rochas Okorocha, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from the South-east.

“We also have Senator Bola Tinubu and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State from the South-west, which has more APC states under its control than the South-east. There must be something else that is pushing him than presidential ambition.”

The source said Umahi should be mindful of the treatment given to him when he purportedly nominated his brother, Mr. Austin Umahi as a ministerial nominee in the Buhari second term in 2019 and was dropped at the eleventh hour, stating that the same fate awaits him.

The planned move may have also pitted the governor with the top leaders of the two main political parties in the state.

While the APC has blocked his entry, the PDP is still keeping mum on the move by the governor.

It was gathered that the governor is already seeking a gradual U-turn to remain fully in PDP since APC leaders both in the state and in the South-east caucus are not enthusiastic about receiving

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