David Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State, has debunked speculations that he has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Umahi made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Uchenna Orji, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, on Tuesday in reaction to the defection reports.
The governor was rumoured to have left the governing PDP in the state for the APC after he reportedly identified himself as both a member of both parties at a meeting with the people of Ishielu and Onicha local government areas of the state recently.
He was said to have made the comment while warning members of the PDP, that were planning to defect to the APC.
He was quoted to have said: “Stay in one place. Don’t run from here to here and from there to here. E no make sense. If you say you dey there (APC), know I am already there. If you go to APC, I am an APC member. If you go to the PDP, I am there.
“I am the only person that does anti-party and nothing will happen.
“Any other person that does anti-party is gone. So, I am representing you in the APC while you all stay in the PDP. If you like, go and write it on social media.”
But Governor Umahi in the statement issued on his behalf by Orji claimed that he was misinterpreted, saying that he remains an “unshakable member” of the PDP.
According to the governor, such claims were created by individuals who intentionally want to malign him and his administration, as well as cause disunity within the PDP.
The statement read: “In their desperate attempt to cause disaffection against the state government, they mischievously misrepresented the governor as saying ‘I am the only governor that belongs to the PDP and the APC.
“This blackmail is nothing but a cheap and childish fabrication that is irritably displeasing to the sensibilities of the ordinary man.
“It is a common sense that no party member in Nigeria can belong to another political party at a time.
“The governor never said that he belongs to the APC.
“He is unshakable, a PDP chieftain and has been a great party man, whose track records as historic state party chairman and currently the PDP governor and leader in Ebonyi State are known and admired by people of goodwill.
“The governor only said in the course of his speech that those who are in the habit of hiding under partisan politics to peddle lies against the state government were on a frolic of their own as people of different political colourations including the APC know the virtues of his administration.”