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Umahi defection: Uzodinma ready to woo S’East governors into APC

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By Olisemeka Obeche

For Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, says Governor David Umahi’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) would trigger mass defection of governors of the South East into the ruling party.

Uzodinma, who was elected to the senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to APC from where he contested the Imo governorship election in 2019 and later wangled his way to power at the Douglas House through a Supreme Court verdict, says he was prepared to pull the strings to lure Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and his Enugu counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi into APC. It’s unclear if Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, who was serving out his second term under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was also being courted to join APC.

Welcoming a delegation of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, led by the Chairman and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, a confident Uzodinma was said to have predicted that the South East, would soon become APC.

He said: “If you recall when I addressed you here a couple of months ago, I told you that the moment I resume office in Imo state as the governor, that the impression and the perception of our party in the Southeast will change and the effect will be that more credible individuals and governors will join the party.

“Today, I am being vindicated because we are hearing it and I’m sure in a few hours from now, we will get a confirmation that one of our best will be joining the party: the governor of Ebonyi state.

“Of course, I will be very glad and it will be my joy to welcome a governor and more governors, not only him. We are still talking to more governors to join.

“APC is the ruling party and for the interest of national integration and cohesion, Imo and South East indeed, need to become part and parcel of the ruling party to make the Nigerian project complete.”

The governor said he met with APC caretaker committee “to touch base with our preparedness for the upcoming bye-election.” “Of course, you know any moment from now, there will be a senatorial bye-election in the Imo North Senatorial District. I think our party is prepared. APC is the party to beat in Imo State,” Uzodimma said.

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