The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has denied allegations by some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that his decision to dump the party was because of his selfish interests.
Umahi, who spoke on Tuesday in Abakaliki stated that he was leaving the PDP in protest against marginalisation of the South-East region by the opposition party.
The Governor added that the region has benefited more from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government.
He said, “I have been a successful governor for two terms and a successful business man in business, where I also have a calling.
“I am not driven by selfish interests but because we need to protest against marginalisation. We have benefited more from the APC government. I didn’t start this protest today. I have no regrets. In life, you have to be courageous.
“The South-East has remained faithful to PDP, voted for its candidates yet had not been considered fairly in Nigerian polity. The APC is amenable working for the South-East zone than the PDP.”
Umahi also stated that over 50 organisations, the Ebonyi Assembly, and the PDP State Working Committee had demanded that the presidential position be zoned to the region, thus faulting the claims by the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, that the South-East never requested for the party’s presidential ticket.
He noted that zoning the presidency to the South-East will ensure peace and progress in the country.