Jacob Ogodo, Abakaliki
The National Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC and Governor of Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni has handed over the APC flag and the party card to Ebonyi Governor David Umahi with assurance that that the South East zone would henceforth be integrated in the national scheme of things.
Governor Buni who handed over the party flag, broom and the party card at the Christian Ecumenical center Abakaliki said that the official admission of Governor Umahi into the party marks a news beginning in the history of the zone.
The APC National Caretaker Chairman stated that President Mohammadu Buhari since assumption of office does not put into consideration political affiliation in his administration adding that when over 27 States could not pay salaries, the President gave out bailout funds to all the state without putting into consideration party.
He stated that apart from the bailout funds and the Anchor Borrows scheme which many states has benefited from, Ebonyi State and the South East in general would be fully integrated into the national programme and policies of the present administration.
He commended the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi for being courageous and taking a boldstep that would librate the South East region despite attacks and criticism from some quarters.
He called on other South East Governors to follow the footsteps of Governor Umahi by joining the APC adding that the achievement of Governor Umahi stands him out.
Earlier, the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi stated that with his defection completed, Ebonyi today is now 99.9% APC pointing out that in no distance time, all the PDP National Assembly members from the state will join the APC.
He noted that Ebonyi State has remained in one political party for a very long time and there is the need for us to move. “We have remained in the PDP for a very long time, with all the empty promises, so I think it’s high time we move”.
“Today, Ebonyi State is 99.9% APC, the remaining 1% are the National Assembly members and some of our Elders Council. I know too well that all of them will soon join us in APC because in Ebonyi State, there is no opposition”.
“I know what the National Assembly members are looking for and the moment they get it, they will join us in APC. I want to assure all that this new house built on equity and trust will accommodate all”.
”Party should not divide us, I believe that together we will be stronger. So there is no need for anyone to be aggrieved. Its high time South East move to APC in totality. We are tired of PDP and their empty promises”.
Governor Umahi reminded his teeming supporters and admirers that no single individual can determine the destiny of anyone without God factor adding that “We have gotten our freedom now, freedom from one person deciding the faith of millions of people as seen in PDP”.
“I want to assure all that everyone would be carried along. No one would be discriminated. We are going to work as a family to achieve our common goal and aspiration”.
Governor Umahi used the fora to commend President Mohammadu Buhari for all the support and encouragement so far given to the state adding that the support of Mr. President is the testimony of the transformation we are witnessing in Ebonyi State today.
”We must thank the leadership of the APC for giving us the opportunity to be part of the transformation in the country. South East must get it right now”.
Those who attended the function includes, Attorney General of the Federation, Justice Abubarka Malami, Governors of Kebbi, Niger, Jigawa and other APC National leaders from the South East region.