David Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Umahi said a reason for his defection is that the South East region has suffered injustice in the PDP.
On Tuesday, he said he became an object of suspicion to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of his refusal to criticise the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Every man runs his destiny. One thing I have promised is that I will never castigate PDP; just like in PDP, my only sin is that I refused to castigate Mr President and till thy kingdom come, I will not do that because that is my family character.”
“But those who don’t have character, they were very suspicious of me because I don’t castigate the President, that I could be leaking information of PDP.
“What nonsense is that? I came from a known family and a place where there is character. So, I have got a character; nobody either in APC or PDP will say that whoever discusses anything, I have to go and leak it. To leak it for what? Is it for money, is it for fame?” he questioned.
According to David Umahi, claims that he left the PDP because he wanted to contest for president in the next general elections are lies.
He stressed that he served as a two-term governor and that he would quit politics in 2023.
He stated, “Let it be known to all that nobody promised me anything, let it be known to all that I moved because of injustice, and I have no regret about that.
“Some people say I will regret this movement, I laugh at them; as if they saw God, as if they are my God. I am satisfied being a businessman, I am satisfied doing my businesses and that is all.”
Meanwhile, Ebonyi PDP federal lawmakers have vowed to remain in the party while saying that they consider it ‘indecent’ for the Governor to give the party conditions in a bid to secure zoning.
Umahi contested for the office of the governor in Ebonyi State in 2015, on the platform of the PDP and won.
Upon concluding his first term, the governor won the bid to extend his stay in office in the 2019 general elections, again as the PDP candidate.