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Members of the South East Revival Group (SERG) have given Governor Umahi a 14-day ultimatum to provide justifiable reason for his defection to APC. The group also demanded that Umahi make known his mission in the APC.
The group in a statement issued yesterday by its President and National Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu the group said: “The reason given by the Governor for moving to the APC at a time the Southeast is agitating for an opportunity to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023 is unjustifiable and therefore, unacceptable.
‘It is obvious that the APC has maintained anti-Southeast perception and its hatred for the region became clearer since it began appointments for several offices, except the constitutionally guaranteed appointment like ministerial positions.’
Ezugwu also lamented the practice of this present government, where a person of Southeast extraction is replaced by people from another region when they leave offices, adding that for Umahi, who is Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum to suddenly move to the APC, was suicidal and required convincing explanations.
Umahi has been criticised by many who see his defection to APC as selfishly motivated though the governor is claiming to be for the interest of the SouthEast region.
Prior to his defection he was the PDP acting chairman of Ebonyi state from 2007-2009. He became the chairman of the party in the state from 2009 to 2011 during which he served as governing board member of Federal Medical center Asaba.
In 2011 he became the deputy chairman to former Governor Elechi and later contested and won the governor position in 2015. Umahi was reelected on 16th March 2019. Owing to this litany of positions held by Umahi under PDP, people have continued to condemn him for claiming that PDP is unjust to the SouthEast.
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