The Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said Governor Dave Umahi,n. has no plans of returning to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Public Relations Officer of the party in the state , Simbard Ogbuatu said this on Friday in a statement.
TheFact Nigeria gathered that a chieftain of the PDP in Abia State , Dr Isaac Nkole alleged that Umahi and a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu are making moves to return to the party.
Nkole said, ”We heard that Gov. Dave Umahi also wants to return to PDP. They have all discovered that they made the wrong decision by joining APC in the first place. That’s why they all want to return…”
Ogbuatu however advised APC members and supporters to discountenance the news.
“The All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi has got the news making rounds the media with the headline, “Orji Kalu, Umahi in desperate move to return to PDP” credited to one Dr Isaac Nkole, a chieftain PDP in Abia.
“The report quoted the chieftain as saying that Gov. Dave Umahi also wants to return to PDP.
“But, we wish to state boldly that Umahi has not, either in person, a representative or through a surrogate made and will never make any move to return to the ‘Social Club’ known as PDP,’’ Ogbuatu said.
According to him, Umahi is at home in APC as the leader of the party for more than one year and urged the public to disregard the news as `figment of imagination of the originator’.
He said that Umahi’s defection to APC was not done to achieve selfish enrichment but for greater good of Ebonyi and South-East zone.
“Umahi’s defection to the national party did not come to him as stupefaction, neither did he join for selfish enrichment.
“The defection is a well-thought movement decided in the greater interest of Ebonyi in particular and the South-East in general.
“His Excellency saw the need to toe the line of the former nationalists like late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, from the zone who had always believed in the politics of the centre”, he said..
Ogbuatu also said that Umahi defected to APC to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari and other well-meaning Nigerians to take the country to the next level.
He said that under the Buhari administration every part of South East had benefitted from infrastructure development.