Governor Umahi Asks Fani-Kayode To Retract His Claim On His Defection

Dave Umahi

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has countered the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode’s claim that he contributed to his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Umahi, who defected to the APC in November 2020, said this during an interview on Channels TV on Thursday that one of the reasons for his defection was to move the southeast to the center of administration.

He asked the former Minister to retract his statement on his defection, saying that it is an insult to his personality.

According to the governor, “I think he needs to withdraw that statement, he’s my good friend but, it was an insult on my person and the other governors.

“The man did not know when I moved, but incidentally he visited me and we discussed, and he said he was coming to join me with the other governors to declare.

“How will somebody in the PDP be instrumental to my moving?

“A whole Governor of the state and then, not even a small governor, an experienced governor.

“So, he has to withdraw the statement, he was never part of any discussion of my movement.

“I moved to close the gap between the center and the southeast, which our forefathers fought for, like Nnamdi Azikwe.

“So, for somebody to come and say that a whole chairman of the southeast governor’s forum, he was instrumental to that, it’s a bitter insult to my person and with all due respect, he has to withdraw the statement.

“He remains my friend and a good one for that matter, but he played no role in my movement and I’m sure he didn’t play no role in the movement of the rest of us,” Governor Umahi stressed.

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