September 17, (THEWILL) – Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has countered Femi Fani-Kayode’s claim that he contributed to his (Umahi’s) defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
THEWILL recalls that Fani-Kayode, who officially returned to the APC on Thursday, had claimed he played a vital role in the defection of Governors Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, and David Umahi of Ebonyi to the APC.
However, during an appearance on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on Friday, Umahi countered the former minister’s claim.
Umahi, the South-East Governors Forum chairman, faulted Femi’s claim, saying he did not play any role in his defection to the APC.
He urged Fani-Kayode to withdraw the statement, noting that he considers it an insult.
“I think he needs to withdraw that statement, he’s my good friend but, it was an insult on my person and the other governors.
“The man did not know when I moved, but incidentally he visited me and we discussed, and he said he was coming to join me with the other governors to declare.
“How will somebody in the PDP be instrumental to my moving? A whole governor of the state. Not even a small governor, an experienced governor. He has to withdraw the statement.
“He was never part of any discussion of my movement. I moved South-East to the centre of administration. I moved to close the gap between the centre and South-East, which our forefathers like Nnamdi Azikiwe fought for.
“So for somebody to come and say that a whole chairman of South-East Governors Forum, he was instrumental to that, was an insult to my person and with all due respect, he has to withdraw the statement.
“He remains my friend and a good one for that matter but he played no role in my movement and I am sure he didn’t play any role in the movement of others,” Umahi said.