‘He wants to be president’ – Wike hits Umahi for saying he left PDP because of injustice to south-east/ Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has taken a swipe at his Ebonyi State counterpart, David Umahi, for saying he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of the party’s injustice to the south-east.

After weeks of speculation, Umahi announced his defection from the opposition party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday.

Umahi had claimed that his move was informed by the PDP’s injustice to the South-East since 1999 when the country returned to democracy.

But in a statement issued by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike slammed Umahi over the injustice claim.

Wike noted that Umahi’s defection did not come to committed PDP members as a surprise because the Ebonyi State governor had been fraternising with the ruling party over time.

His words: “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.”

While demanding that Umahi should retract his alleged false claims against the PDP, Wike argued that under the PDP, the South-East had over the years produced Senate Presidents; National Vice Chairman of the PDP and Secretary to the Federal Government.

He urged the PDP National Working Committee and the National Executive Committee to take decisive steps to ensure that PDP does not die in Ebonyi State.