The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi is leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because he has an ambition to become president.
Wike also frowned at Umahi’s excuse for leaving the party, saying that it is an insult to the people of the South East and the PDP.
Recall that Umahi had at a media briefing in Abakaliki on Tuesday, said that his decision to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC), was because the party is working in the interest of the South East.
He accused the PDP of being unfair to the South East region despite several years of loyalty and unflinching support.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on media, Kevin Ebiri, Wike noted that the PDP has not been unfair to the South-East, adding that Umahi should not use that as an excuse.
Wike noted that the decision of Umahi to join APC is not surprising because the governor has always been relating beyond normal with the ruling party.
“My friend, Umahi wants to be president. There is no problem about that. You have a right to be president. Nobody can stop you. You are educated. You have been a governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria.
“My reaction to Governor Umahi’s defection is not that he has no right to defect, but to say he is defecting because of injustice meted to the South-East that is insulting to the South-East,” he said.
Wike, who demanded that Umahi retract his statement, argued that under thew PDP, the South-East had produced Senate Presidents, and Secretary to the Federal Government among other strategic and juicy positions.