The member representing Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah has applauded the ebonyi state governor, His Excellency Gov David Umahi as he finally migrates to the All Progressive Congress(APC).
Hon Ogah, who confirmed governor Umahi’s defection to APC, said “we don’t need division in the south-east, we need unity, we need to be part of the Central government. We can’t continue to be in opposition”.
Recall that Hon Chinedu Ogah is the only National Assembly member of Ebonyi state who was elected on the wings of APC and belongs to the league of APC in the south-eastern zone.
Hon Chinedu Ogah, however, commended the governor’s defection to APC, adding that such a move is in the right direction.
He further called on the Governors of Abia, Enugu and Anambra to join the APC for stability in the polity and in the south-east.
He said: “Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in the 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 tow the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for the overall development of our zone and the country in general.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him”.
Meanwhile the Ebonyi state commissioner for information Barrister uchenna orji insisted on seeing the lawmakers statement before reacting
“send the report to me let me know what they are saying so that I can react. I am somewhere now”he stated.
Mr. Francis Nwaze the special assistant to the governor on media has denied these claims stating that if Gov Umahi for any reason wants to defect to any political party that it would be made official and made known to the public.
Speaking he said “My attention has been drawn to the news making the rounds in some quarters of the media, 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 the People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers”
The state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi state chapter, Barr. Nwaebonyi Onyekachi, when contacted, also did not pick his calls or respond to text messages sent to him by the press for reactions