[From CHINEDU NWAFOR, Abakaliki]
Governor David Umahi on Thursday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would soon take full control of the Southeast region.
Umahi who stated at a ceremony to mark his official defection to the APC at Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki, said efforts to make it possible had begun.
“South east known today, south east will all move to APC. We have to launch out to the centre, we are tired of empty promises, we want action now.
“I have sacrificed myself, for the interest of south east and Ebonyi state in particular, I sacrifice myself. We have dwelt so much in one political party and its time to move to the centre. We are so grateful to God who directs our affairs. We thank Mr. President so highly who have helped us to develop this state, we are grateful to him. The help of Mr. President has transformed our state Ebonyi”, he said
Umahi also announced that Ebonyi State was now 99.9 percent All Progressives Congress State, adding that the remaining .001% was left for my National Assembly members.
He urged his supporters not to castigate the national assembly members, saying “they are looking for something and when they get it, they will come back”.
Three Senators of Ebonyi state and five House of Representatives members had in a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, disowned Governor Umahi for defecting to APC, adding that none of them was defecting with him.
Umahi who was reacting to the position of the Lawmakers on his defection while speaking at the event, said ” they are my children, I am the father of the state, they will come back, we are together. They no dey do opposition in Ebonyi state, they will come back”.
“This is the will of God, you cannot truncate the will of God. Today, I can boldly say that this marriage of PDP and APC consummated by APC National party that our state is 99.9% APC. The remaining .001% is left for my National Assembly members. Do not castigate them, they are looking for something and when they get it, they will come back. Don’t castigate them, they are my children and I love them so much.
“We have three members of the elders’ council, do not castigate them. They are my children, I am the father of the state, they will come back, we are together. They no dey do opposition in Ebonyi state, they will come back”, he said.
The Governor said he was moving to APC with all his political appointees.
The national Chairman of the APC caretaker/extraordinary convention committee and Yobe state Governor, Malam Mai Buni said “we are happy not because we are receiving you but because you have performed, you’re performing; you have delivered, you are delivering”.
“Your intention to join APC is timely; it’s appropriate because you are coming to our party at a time we have started rebuilding the Party. And to rebuild this Party, we have started with reconciliation and now we have started the second phase which is membership across the country”.
“Today marks the new beginning in the political history of Ebonyi State. Your Excellency, I know you are a man of Justice. You will do justice to all manner of members across all levels of the state from Ward, Local Government to the State level”, he added.