Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor’s defection came after weeks of speculations that he had taken the decision to dump the opposition party for the ruling party.
One of the reasons given by the governor for his defection is to redress the alleged marginalisation of the South-east region which he said had suffered injustice in the PDP.
Umahi is a two-term governor in Ebonyi State, winning in 2015 and 2019 on PDP platform.
In 2007, Umahi led the PDP in Ebonyi in acting capacity, and later served as the party chairman between 2009 to 2011.
Later that year, he emerged 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 primaries.
He clinched the PDP’s governorship ticket, contested the election and was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2015 election.