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Controversy trails Umahi’s rumoured defection to APC

* Yes, he has joined our party,' says Ogah, APC Rep from Ebonyi * No, he has not, assures Nwaze, Governor's media aide

From SAMSON AKPU, Abakaliki

There is a brewing controversy over the rumored defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
 
Umahi is serving his second term as Governor of Ebonyi State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
 
He was alleged to have defected to the APC in Abuja after meeting with leaders of the party including President Muhammadu Buhari.
 
Umahi has been in Abuja for about a week now.
 
This was even confirmed by the Member Representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah.
 
A statement issued earlier today by Ogah’s Media Office, which was personally confirmed by him when journalists sought to know its authenticity, quoted him as commending Umahi for joining APC.
 
Ogah, the only National Assembly member from Ebonyi state elected on the platform of APC said Umahi’s defection was a bold step and move in the right direction.
 
He further urged Governors of Abia, Enugu and Anambra to join the APC for stability in the South East polity.
 
“Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.
 
“I am calling on other Governors in the South East to to the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center; we have to join mainstream politics for overall development of our zone and the country in general.
 
“President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him”, Ogah said.
 
Ogah also confirmed it in a telephone chat with AbeyaNews Correspondent, saying Umahi would make it public when he wished to do so.
 
But Umahi’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Francis Nwaze, in a statement also earlier today denied that Umahi has joined APC.
 
Nwaze described the rumored defection of Umahi as unfounded, adding that Governor Umahi was still in PDP and if there would be need for him to change party, he would do that publicly.
 
“My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
 
“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
 
“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.
 
“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers.
 
“The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour,” the statement read.
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