by Linda Ikeji
Peoples Democratic Party chieftain and former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to report of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state planning to leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
FFK who described this as troubling, said he will be seeing the Ebonyi state Governor in the next few days to know the true position of things.
He also called on the National Chairman and the NWC of the PDP to do all they can to keep Umahi on board, as losing him to the APC would be a monumental error and great tragedy.
The rumour that my friend & brother Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi state is planning to leave @OfficialPDPNig & join @OfficialAPCNg is troubling. I am yet to confirm if it is true & 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 immesurable and simply extraordinary.
Apart from that he happens to be a good friend of mine & someone I hold in high esteem &have immense respect & affection for. Unlike many he is forthright & his word is his bond. He is either with u or against u, he is fearless & bold &he has the courage of his convictions.
What makes the matter worse is that other Governors or may also contemplate leaving if he does because he has a lot of friends & 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.
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 & file right across the country.