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Ebonyi Governor David Umahi dumps PDP for APC


Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

His defection comes after several weeks of speculation of his intention to dump the party with which he won the governorship seat for the APC.

Among several reasons the governor gave for his defection is that the South East region has suffered what he describes as ‘injustice’ in his former party – PDP.

Umahi, on the platform of PDP, contested for the office of the governor in Ebonyi State in 2015 and won.

On completion of his first term, Umahi, again, re-contested as PDP candidate in the bid to extend his stay in office in the 2019 general elections.

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The governor who led the Ebonyi PDP in an acting capacity in 2007 subsequently became the party chairman from 2009 to 2011.

He emerged, later in 2011, as the running mate to former Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi, and became the deputy governor after they won the election.

While Elechi’s tenure neared conclusion, the former governor supported a former Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, to succeed him – a move which was rejected by Umahi.

Umahi, who accused Elechi of violating an understanding that he would succeed him, later faced Chukwu and others in the PDP primary.

He clinched the PDP’s governorship ticket while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner of the 2015 election after meeting the requirements to hold the position.

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