The former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, has reacted to the move of the Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor, who defected to the APC on Tuesday along with members of his cabinet, said the South-East geo-political zone has suffered injustice from the PDP.
The governor said he moved to the APC because of “injustice” meted out to the South-east by the PDP.
He said that he had no deal with the APC or any member of the party with regards to the zoning of the presidential position to the region.
He said: “I want to clear the air that I never sought (for) PDP presidential ticket and I will not. So whoever that said that I moved to APC because they refused to zone the ticket to me is being very mischievous.
“Even if PDP promises somebody presidential ticket how does it work where over 8000 delegates will be voting. And such promise cannot happen with more than 10 or 20 people so people are being very mischievous about that.
“There are a lot of qualified persons from South-East. Some people say I was promised lots of things by the APC, there was no such discussion. APC never promised me any position; they never promised South-east any position.
“However, I offered this movement as a protest to injustice being done to South-east by the PDP. Since 1999, the South-east have supported the PDP. At a time the five states were all PDP. One of the founding members of the PDP was from South-east, the late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme.
“It is absurd that since 1999 going to 2023, the South-east will never be considered to run for presidency under the PDP. And this is my position and will continue to be my position. It had nothing to do with me or my ambition,” Mr Umahi said.
But Mr Fayose’s stance was posted on his Twitter on Wednesday. He accused Mr Umahi of being unfair to the PDP, which gave him the governorship ticket in 2015 and again in 2019.
Fayose said governor Umahi has defected to APC long ago before this unjustifiable move, which clearly has nothing to do with the interest of the Igbo nation.
“Gov Umahi defected to APC long ago before this unjustifiable move, which clearly has nothing to do with the interest of the Igbo nation.
“This is a reflection of the type of leadership our country parades.
“Though his action dampens hope for liberation, but I’m sure Nigerians will laugh last because sometimes, it will appear to have gotten so bad before it will begin to get better”.