By Ezeocha Nzeh
Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, has called on all members and stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to give the party’s leadership the opportunity to take a position on the zoning agitation ahead of the 2023 presidential elections.
Umahi, who was received at the APC on his first visit to the party’s Secretariat since his defection by the Chairman of Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state insisted that it is only the party that will decide which zone produces President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
Governor Umahi also used the visit to request for more registration forms for South East zone, stressing that the 100 forms per unit that was given by the party is not enough.
Umahi told the party’s Executive that more forms are requested for the South East adding that the zone is set to witness a huge number of members to join the APC.
“You know since I joined the party in November, I have not visited the party’s national secretariat. And so the Chairman afforded me the opportunity while he is around to visit. So, I visited not just because I am visiting first. But to also appreciate the beautiful work the Chairman of the party, my dear brother and colleague, Governor of Yobe state the good work he is doing for our party making it to be more digital.
“The ongoing registration, arrangements and logistics and the intentions are very wonderful. It is first class because I have never seen it in any party administration. So it is important I come to commend him and to also commend the staff who are working with him. This is essentially the reasons why I have come
“APC is just coming on board in South East; ” I complain to him that the hundreds of forms at the polling Units is a far cry from what we experience. Everybody in South East wants to belong to the APC.
The Governor argued that “President has actually helped South East so much. And in every of my broadcast or media chats I have always enumerated what mr President has done for our people. And Ebonyi state is a shining example of intervention by Mr President.
” So the narrative is changing. But, when I went to Jigawa and saw what they are doing like Yobe, Kebb and other APC governors, I shouted that we are so much under-reported. Because the only way evil can thrive is for good men to keep quiet.
“So, the South East is very appreciative of the efforts of Mr President in the development of south East . Everybody is interested in the revalidation and registration exercise. We want the Chairman of the party to take note of this.
“He has assured me how he came about the shortage of forms. And he has also assured me of the expectations of the national leadership of APC in terms of the number of Nigerians we are going to register. It is working out in South East. On the agitation for zoning in 2023, Governor Umahi stated “It is a party affair. It is very wrong for any party person to make personal views of such matter.
” Party discipline requires that you sit down and discuss issues. You advance your reasons and another person will also advance his. And then the party as a family will take position. Not even as a new member. Even if I am an old member I will not like to comment.