Gov. Umahi – PDP marginalised South-East
Governor David Nweze Umahi, of Ebonyi state on Tuesday gave reasons for his defection from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing journalists in Abakaliki the state capital on Tuesday, Gov. Umahi berated the PDP for failing to develop the South-East zone during its 16-year in office at the federal level.
Gov. Umahi said that the South-East had remained faithful to PDP, voted for her candidates yet had not been considered fairly in Nigerian polity.
He said he did not dump the PDP for selfish reasons; rather he defected to the APC because the South-East zone would benefit more from the party.
Gov. Umahi deflated insinuations that the APC promised to make him its presidential flag bearer in 2023, emphasizing that he is driven by the call to change the cause of the people of South-East, and Nigeria for good.
“I am not driven by selfish interests but because we need to protest against marginalisation.
“We have benefited more from the APC government. I didn’t start this protest today. I have no regrets. In life you have to be courageous,” he said..
He explained that he was sacrificing himself for the purpose of actualizing the quest of a Nigerian President from the South-East extraction in 2023.
The governor said he will retire from partisan politics in 2023, but demanded that the next president of the country should come from the South-East zone of the country..
Umahi explained that having been a successful governor for two tenures and a successful business man, he would return to business where he also has a calling.
He further said that if an Igbo man is elected President, he would naturally be protective of all sections of the country since the Igbo have a stake in all parts of Nigeria.
Gov. Umahi was first elected on the platform of PDP in 2015, and was re-elected on the same platform in 2019 for a second tenure.