AVOIDING any last minute change of mind, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi may be willing to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP National Labor Committee (NWC) moved to prevent the governor from leaving the party.
The NWC met with the governor in Abuja yesterday, apparently to persuade him to leave the party.
Party spokesperson Kola Ologbondiya posted pictures from the meeting, writing: “State of the Nation: @OfficialPDPNig just had a crucial meeting with the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, to deliberate on national issues. “
In the photos, the governor is seen smiling and holding hands with National President Uche Secondus and other members of the NWC.
Sources in the state maintained that the defection is ongoing.
It appears that two very close collaborators of the governor met with the 64 coordinators of development centers in the state where the modalities of desertion were discussed.
Sources at the meeting told The Nation that no defection date was set, but that it is imminent.
The sources said that the two aides, who are members of the governor’s kitchen cabinet and the State Executive Council, told coordinators that there was no turning back on defection.
The coordinators also pledged their support and that of their supporters in their domains to the governor in any step he takes.
In addition, the 13 local government presidents who were present at the meeting reiterated their support and willingness to defect with the governor.
“Wherever the governor and our leader go, we will go with him. We are very loyal and committed to the project ”, said one of those attending the meeting.
One of the coordinators placed an APC banner on his social media account after the meeting and wrote: “APC, here I come and I come in peace.”
The source said the governor’s recent commitments as chair of the Southeast Governors Forum, especially on #EndSARS-related issues, may have delayed the yet-to-be announced defection decision.
Our correspondent learned that 16 of the 24 members of the Ebonyi House of Assembly have so far agreed to jump ship with the governor.
The APC in the state said over the weekend that the governor’s defection was a done deal and only a matter of time.
Source: – The Nation