Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says his recent defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC) was in obedience to the will of God.
Speaking at a reception for the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) on Thursday, Governor Umahi said his move to the ruling party was also because of his respect for the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“My defection to APC was in obedience to God’s will, respect for President Muhammadu Buhari and an honour to dignitaries present as well as obedience to the wish of Ebonyi people,” he said.
“Money means everything to many people but I choose wisdom from God. People asked why I was leaving PDP, but I told them that if APC would treat me nicely when I don’t have any relationship with it, what will happen when I am in its fold?
“I told them that even as large as APC is, one man does not control the party but in PDP, one man controls the party.”
The Ebonyi Governor went on to remark that President Buhari does not treat any governor with disdain irrespective of party affiliation.
He added that even joining the APC does not mean he will be treated better as a governor than those in the opposition party.
“As the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, I applied for N10billion for the rehabilitation of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the president obliged without conditions,” he said.
“The president never treated any governor with disdain and presently that I am in APC, there is no guarantee that I will be treated better than those already in the party as well as the PDP governors.
“We can boast of infrastructure and economic supports from the APC-led federal government, but we cannot do such for the PDP-led administration since 1999.”