Shame me by ceding Presidency to S/East — Umahi dares PDP

Shame me by ceding Presidency to S/East — Umahi dares PDP

Put me to shame by ceding the Presidential Ticket to the S/East — Umahi

David Umahi governor of Ebonyi state dared the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to put him to shame by zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the South East. Daily Times reports.

People felt that his defection from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress because he had his eyes on the 2023 presidential ticket. He responded in an interview that he wanted to clear the air that he never sought the PDP’s presidential ticket. He also said that whoever said that he left PDP because he wasn’t given the party’s ticket is being mischievous.

He also highlighted the reason why he defected from PDP to APC was not because he was promised an opportunity in APC, rather he opted this movement as a protest against the injustice being done to the South East zone by the PDP. He made a statement that since 1999, the people of the South-East have been supporting the PDP in all elections; and at a time, all the five states in the zone were all PDP.

Umahi recalled his promise to the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he was not going to attack the PDP in anyway, insisting that he stood by that promise and was also not going to be part of the destruction of the opposition party. He emphasized that the injustice to the South East wasn’t just for him, but it was injustice for all.

He advised them to stop the attack on him, on his person. They don’t really have anything on me. They don’t. When they said the party made me, no! It is the people that make party not the party that makes people. This is very important because without our collective effort, the PDP will be dead in our zone.

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“So, I will ask them to address the very issue why I left PDP; and that is the fact that we have no future as South East people in PDP. Let them address it. If you ask anybody why the South East people are so passionate about the PDP, they will tell you it is our party. Have we ever negotiated with anybody who is going to be the presidential candidate of any of the political parties? The answer is no. It is bad politics.

“Since people deserve our votes, we should at the same time put them to a task. And in my life, I have always competed with my peers and so, it is very bad that we have supported PDP.

 The founding father of PDP is Dr. Alex Ekueme, former vice president…I believe strongly that the PDP will do the needful by putting me to shame by ceding the presidential ticket to the South East. And this is just my aim. I never said give it to me. There are many, many Igbo leaders who are much, much better than me and more qualified. But as their younger one, we should watch their back.”

“When people speculate that I am coming to do this and do that, I just laugh because I continue to say that 2023, by God’s special grace, I would have been a governor for eight years and that is enough for me and I would have to bow out to face my business. So, those who are already speculating are wasting their time. Every man has got his destiny and then, a charter of life.”

Senator Kalu dismissed media reports that they were not happy that Umahi joined APC as untrue. He said that if anybody was happy about Umahi’s defection to APC, the South East APC was the happiest people, while also saying he believed that collectively, they had a lot to do to the South East zone.

“My advice is that we must go with all our leaders. All our leaders must be involved. We are not going to leave anybody. We are not going to leave Ngige, we are not going to leave Ogbonnaya Onu, we are going to leave the Honorable Minister of Mines, the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Minister Sharon, the Honorable Minister Nwajiuba, Hope Uzodinma, Rochas Okorocha, everybody. Ken Nnamani is already on board because he represents us in the party executive,” Kalu said.

Umahi appreciated Senator Kalu and other Igbo leaders both in the APC and outside it for the “miracle” that has just taken place in the South East.

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