2023: Too Early To Condemn Governor Dave Umahi’s Defection

By: Petrus Obi

Governor Dave Umahi is not the first governor that had defected to another party, and will certainly not be the last.

Yet, there have been much fuss about his recent defection to the APC. Even though the criticisms are borne out of sentiment rather than political realities.

I belong to the school of thought who believe that people should wait, watch and find out the motive behind Tue governor”s action.

Umahi is a go getter. One who doesn’t take his eyes off the ball .

Back in 1999, the name, Dave Umahi made the list of those who wanted to be governor in Ebony. Yet, in the build up yo the 2007 polls, he used his resources to back his kinsman, the then deputy governor, Professor Chigozie Ogbu for the governorship position.

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Chief Martin Elechi won that election, but Umahi had started his journey into the politics of Ebonyi state.

With his eyes still on the ball the focused Umahi became State PDP chairman from where he moved to be Deputy Governor.

The rest they say is history because he hit the target when he became governor in 2015.

i am not an APC fan, but I believe Umahi is on another political journey at this critical time of the nation’s history. And as an Igbo leader who has distinguished himself in service he should be encouraged; he needs the support of his people.

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Those who understand the game of politics never expected the Ebonyi governor to publicly divulge the major reason why he joined the APC, yet people have gone to town running their mouth.

In 2019, the South East miscalculated. We never gave APC and Buhari a chance. We put all our eggs under PDP’s umbrella… the rest is also history.

My opinion is that time for sentiment is over. 2023 provides another opportunity for the Igbo to make a political statement in Nigeria.

We cant do this if we continue despising other political parties.
What we need most at this time is cohesion, unity of purpose irrespective of which party one belongs to.

Ohanaeze made same mistake in the build up to 2015 Presidential election when Buhari sent a letter through Osita Okechukwu. The letter to Imeobi was only seeking an opportunity to visit, but he was turned down.

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The Igbo, we must open our hearts. We must open our minds, our doors, wherever our interest is best served should be our concern.

Umahi should therefore be allowed to play the game he knows very well. Those who understand the tricks are watching keenly to know where he is heading.

The Umahi I know has never missed a penalty; he is an intelligent leader who has never betrayed the Igbo.


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