APC chieftain hails Umahi’s planned defection as major boost
By Ruth Oginyi
Chieftain of the APC in Ebonyi state, and the chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Engr Elias Mbam, has disclosed that the planned defection of Governor David Umahi from PDP to the All Progressive Congress, APC, will boost the chances of the party in 2023 general elections in Ebonyi state.
The APC chieftain spoke to journalists in Abakaliki after stakeholders meeting with the Governor in Osborn hotel, Uburu, during which Umahi disclosed his plan to resign from PDP and join APC.
Mbam, who was one of the major stakeholders of the party that attended the meeting, told journalists that the governor, coming into the APC, has added more advantage to the party and expressed hope that APC would take over mantle of leadership in Ebonyi state come 2023.
“The governor made it clear that whoever that he offended should forgive him. He said we are one family and decisions will not be taken in the party by him alone. APC as party in the state was already moving forward and had a lot of chances of winning 2023 elections. Umahi coming into the party has added more advantage to the party. So, it is as good as we are going to sleep because, we are certainly going to win 2023 election in the state.
“We want to see south more relevant at the centre and I see Governor Umahi’s decision to join the APC as a wise and commendable decision. It is good for our state, Ebonyi; it is good for south east and it is good for the Igbo nation.
“Ebonyi state needs to be at the centre. The best way of being represented in a meeting is to be present. If Ebonyi state is not present where major decisions are taken, certainly, it will affect what we get from there. So, our being at the centre will enable us get our fair share. So, I support the governor’s decision to join our great party and I will support him to ensure that this his decision is realised,” he stated.
Umahi said he believes that a lot of doors will open up for Ebonyi state and Igbo in the APC, especially if there is an alliance between the Southeast and north.
The governor is billed to officially defect to APC within the week with members of the state executive council, some state assembly members and 99% of his appointees.
According to him, the stakeholders coming together as one people is to fight a common enemy, which is ‘neglect’. “When we come together, there won’t be camps. I will not stand in the way of anyone.
“The APC government will do an appointment by December. We will open the horizon for the people of the southeast to say that ‘we belong’ and unite with our people in the north.
“Ebonyi state in character and content is the symbol of unity, oneness, and we are the symbol of Onye agha nwanne ya. In APC, there will be no victor and there will be no vanquished. I have met with the national leader, and I have met with the president. There will be no camps”, he stressed.