Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has faulted the reason given by his Ebonyi counterpart, David Umahi, for dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the movement was because of Umahi’s ambition to be the APC’s presidential candidate in 2023.
Umahi had said he defected from the PDP because of the party’s injustice against his South-east zone. But Mr Wike said the claim is not true.
Wike’s stance was contained in a statement by Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant (Media), on Tuesday. He accused Mr Umahi of being unfair to the PDP, which gave him the governorship ticket in 2015 and again in 2019.
According to Wike, “committed members of PDP were not surprised that Governor Umahi on Tuesday formally defected to the APC, which he has for a while been fraternising with.
“My friend, Umahi, wants to be president. There is no problem about that.
“You have a right to be President. Nobody can stop you. You are educated. You have been a governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria.
“But that does not mean that because you want to blackmail your party, and tell lies to the people you are leaving the party because of the injustice meted against the South-east; that is not correct.”
Wike further demanded that Mr Umahi should retract the statement that the PDP has not been fair to the South-east.