EBONYI, Nigeria – Elias Mbam, Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), has revealed what Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, told the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in the state spoke with newsmen on Monday in Abakaliki, NAN reports.
Umahi and some APC leaders met on Sunday in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area.
Mbam noted that Umahi’s defection to the APC would benefit the South-East.
He declared that the region had nothing to show for its support for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) since 1999.
“The major stakeholders in our party met with the governor, and he told us why he wanted to leave his party for the APC. Part of the reasons was the need for South East to be part of the government at the centre.
“He stressed the need for the zone to collaborate with the North and that if we do that, we will be able to get what we have not been able to get since 1999.
“Since 1999, PDP has been in control in Ebonyi and other states in South East, yet the party has not found one person worthy of flying its flag and we don’t even have any hope that it would happen soon,” the RMAFC said.
Mbam stressed that Ebonyi needed to join the ruling party in order to be where major decisions were being taken.
He added that Umahi’s defection to the APC would further strengthen the platform and help Ebonyi retain the governorship seat in 2023.