The Ebonyi state chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) yesterday said that the state chapter of the party receives with excitement the eminent defection of the Governor of the state, Chief David Umahi to the party.
The party during a stakeholders meeting of the party which held at Salt Spring Hotel in Abakaliki urged the State Governor Chief David Umahi to also encourage other Governors of the party to join the party.
The resolution read by a stakeholder in the party Hon Chaka Nweze noted that Ebonyi state has not benefited from the party as the state belongs to the opposition party in the state and urged the people to support the defection of the Governor to the party.
Addressing members of the party during the meeting, the former Senate Committee Chairman on Works and Senator who represented Ebonyi Central Senatorial zone between 2003-2011, Chief Julius Ali Ucha, said the party in the South East had made a big catch in the person of Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi.
He noted that the Governor dolled out the sum of two million naira to sponsor the meeting and said that plans has been concluded to recieve the Governor to the party.
Senator Uche maintained that the Governor would in few days time made public his defection from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the state to the opposition APC.
He noted that the Governor has done well in the state that he has become one of the best governors in the country.
The party noted that they were ready to welcome the Governor to the party and also ensure that the party produces the next Governor of the state in 2023.
Speaking also, the former Senator who represented Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone, Chief Anthony Agbo,commended Governor Umahi, for taking the decision to join the APC, describing the move as decisive.
Senator Agbo urged members of the party in the state not to panic over the governor’s defection to the party, assuring them that his coming into the party will bring great fortunes to all members of the party.
He explained that Governor Umahi would team up with the Governor of Imo state, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to reposition the party in the South East.
The party also stated that they were committed to what they called South East Mandate, which advocates the right of the South East zone to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023.