August 5, 2021

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Umahi wants to be president – Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike has finally reacted to the defection of the governor of Ebonyi State from PDP to APC

Nyesom Wike who stated that the Ebonyi state Governor left the PDP because he wants to be the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 and not injustice meted on the South East by the opposition party as claimed.

He said; 

“My friend, Umahi wants to be president. There is no problem with that. You have a right to be president. Nobody can stop you. You are educated. You have been a governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria.

“But, that does not mean, that because you want to blackmail your party, and tell lies to the people you are leaving the party because of the injustice meted against the South-East, that is not correct.”

Wike also asked the Ebonyi governor to retract his statement of PDP not being fair to the South-East, stressing that under the PDP, the South East has produced Senate Presidents, national vice party chairman, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Wike added; 

“In life, power is sweet, but conscience is important. It is most offensive and insulting for a man to lie against his party because of power.

“My reaction to Governor Umahi’s defection is not that he has no right to defect, but to say he is defecting because of injustice meted to the South East, that is insulting to the South East.”

Also pointing out that the APC has not revealed where it will zone its presidential ticket, the Rivers state Governor urged the National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee of the PDP to take decisive steps to ensure the PDP does not die in Ebonyi State.

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