Umahi’s defection: Wike kicks as Ebonyi gov labels him dictator


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Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi’s defection from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued to generate ruckus.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike had berated him for claiming that he left the party because of the injustice it has meted to the South-East geopolitical zone.

Wike had said it was not wrong for Umahi to leave but he should not badmouth the party that gave him so much just so he could justify his decision to leave.

Replying, the Ebonyi governor called his Rivers counterpart a dictator who has taken over the party’s machinery singlehandedly.

Umahi added that this was manifested in Wike’s alleged singlehanded imposition of Prince Uche Secondus as National Chairman of the party.

But appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Wike faulted Umahi for the claim.

He stated that Umahi’s defection was confirmation of his freedom of association.

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He said it was disingenuous of Umahi to claim to be protecting the interest of the South-East while pursuing his personal ambition.

Wike added, “On the other hand, if you watch him today on Arise TV, he said one of the reasons (he left) is that Wike is a dictator. Wike controls the party. Which one do we take now? Was Wike in charge from 1999? When did Wike become relevant?”

He revealed that “Umahi called me on Monday and told me he wanted to move and I said, you are free. However, check yourself, check your conscience, if you satisfied, you are free.”

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