Gov David Umahi of Ebonyi State has being formally received by the All Progressives Congress and its members on Thursday.
As expected, the defection did not go down well with his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike, who had said Umahi’s defection was not for the South- East interest but his quest to become the president, he then warned the PDP governor not to allow his alleged quest to destroy the South-East zone politically.
Umahi, during his formal defection to the APC at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, stressed that it was time the state fully get involved in the centre politics so as the South-East zone would benefit from the dividends of democracy.
The governor who expressed his gratitude to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), appreciated the president for playing a crucial role in the development of the state.
He also disclosed that he is moving to the APC with all the state executive council members, chairmen of the 13 local government areas, liaison officers, board members, political appointees and coordinators, among others.
The governor said, “It is time to go. We have dwelt so much in one political party and it is better to go to the centre. We want to appreciate Mr President, who has helped us to develop Ebonyi State. The help from the President has transformed the state.
“We want to thank the national leaders of the party, the governors, my deputy, my exco members, the state House of Assembly members and the Ebonyi people. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for following me. Thank you for standing by me.
“My National Assembly members are my children. They are looking for something. When they get it, they will soon come back. Do not castigate them. We have three members of the Elders’ Council, do not castigate them. They are my children. Do not castigate them. They will come back. We are together.
“This is a new house that is built on God. It will accommodate all of us. I have dissolved the Elders’ Council to accommodate our brothers and sisters who are coming from the APC.
“In the South-East, we have to move to the centre. We are tired of empty promises. We want action now. Today, as my deputy has said, we have moved to the APC. The governor and the deputy governor united, together with 106 exco members; 1,200 appointees made up of executive assistants, senior executive assistants and technical assistants; and 374 liaison officers are with me on this movement.
“We have 400 appointees into boards and commissions, 506 management committee members, 130 supervisors, all local government area chairmen and all the party chairmen and the legislators. We are all in agreement on this movement.”
The governor had on Tuesday, said he was defecting to the PDP because of injustice.