The former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has warned the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, because of the planned defection of Engr. Dave Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State to the All Progressive Congress, APC.
There are several reports that Umahi is set to dump the opposition PDP and join the ruling APC.
Fani-Kayode described Umahi’s rumoured defection to the ruling APC as troubling, stating he’s yet to confirm the news.
According to him, if PDP doesn’t act fast, other governors might join Umahi in defecting to APC, and it will affect the chances of the party in winning the 2023 presidential election.
On his official Twitter page, the PDP Chieftain wrote “The rumour that my friend and brother Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi state is planning to leave @OfficialPDPNig and join @OfficialAPCNg is troubling.
“I am yet to confirm if it is true and I will see him in the next few days to know the true position of things, but if it is, then I urge the leadership of the PDP to do all they can to ensure that he stays. Not only is he a profoundly good man and an excellent Governor, but his contributions to the success of the PDP over the last 20 years at various levels is immeasurable and simply extraordinary.
“ Apart from that, he happens to be a good friend of mine and someone I hold in high esteem, immense respect and affection for. Unlike many, he is forthright, and his word is his bond. He is either with you or against you, he is fearless, bold and has the courage of his convictions.”
Femi further called on the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus to do everything within his powers to convince Umahi to stay in the party.
“What makes the matter worse is that other Governors may also contemplate leaving if he does because he has a lot of friends and goodwill amongst them.
“If that happens it will affect our party’s chances in the 2023 presidential election in a very significant way.
“Again I call on the National Chairman and the NWC of our great party to do all they can to keep Umahi on board.
“He is one of our brightest and best and losing him to the APC would be a monumental error and great tragedy,” he stated.
The former aviation minister added that Umahi is great assets to the opposition party and the PDP needs him.
“ The fact of the matter is that we need him just as we need everyone else and petty divisions and internal wranglings at this crucial time do not help us.
“Umahi is a great asset to the party and a source of strength and inspiration to the rank -‘d file right across the country,” his tweet added.