Despite Governor David Nweze Umahi’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, a chief Whip of the Senate and Senator representing Abia North at the National Assembly and also a Chieftain of APC in South East is yet to welcome or congratulate Umahi for his defection.
Also, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Senator Rochas Okorocha are yet to congratulate Governor Umahi for his defection.
9NEWS NIGERIA learnt that with Umahi’s defection to APC, the race for who will flag the party’s Presidential ticket has tighten and will not be uhuru for anyone incase APC decides to zone it Presidential ticket to South East.
According to sources, top Senators, Ministers from South East are still contemplating the way forward with Umahi’s defection to the party.
Although, Umahi has maintained that APC did not promise him a Presidential Ticket, our source said the Governor is making plans to contest for a bigger position under APC.
Umahi was received by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday following his official defection to APC.
The National Assembly members from Ebonyi State, on Wednesday, disowned Governor, David Umahi, who has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.
The leader of the Ebonyi State PDP caucus in the national parliament, Senator Sam Egwu, who read the position of his colleagues at a press conference in Abuja, said none of the lawmakers would defect with Umahi.
They described as unacceptable and selfish, the reasons given by Umahi for his action.
The briefing was attended by all the Ebonyi State federal legislators including, Senator Obinna Ogba
Senator Mike Ama Nnachi, Sylvester Ogbaga, Igariwey Iduma Enwo, Chukwuma Nwazunku, Edwin Anayo and Livinus Makwe
The Senate Minority Leader Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe was also at the event to show solidarity.