Umahi’s defection to APC a testament of our party’s capacity to mobilise all Nigerians – PGF

By Godwin Amunde

 Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), a platform of elected governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, into its fold.

The Forum described the defection of Umahi to the ruling party as a testament of the party’s capacity to mobilise and unite all Nigerians.

In a statement titled “Progressive Reinforcement…Welcoming Chief David Nweze Umahi to the APC,” signed by its Chairman, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Governor of Kebbi State, the Forum said the development was a reflection that the progressive reinforcement of the governing party has started.

“The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) heartily welcomes His Excellency, Chief David Nweze Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State to the All Progressives Congress (APC). We celebrate the decision of Chief Umahi as a testament to our party’s capacity to mobilise all Nigerians.

“The vision of the founding fathers of our legacy parties is for the APC to serve as a platform to unite all Nigerians under a progressive umbrella. With Chief Umahi now in APC, the vision is further reinforced and shall contribute to the process of membership and leadership recruitment at all levels,” the statement read in part.

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Gov Bagudu

“It is heartwarming that notwithstanding all the fabricated campaigns against the APC and especially our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Umahi is able to make the bold decision to join our party, based on our performance. This is a strong acknowledgement of Mr. President’s credentials as a fair leader with balanced and equitable disposition to issues of justice and impartial politics.

“We specially congratulate our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari and reaffirm our commitment to support him to build our party, APC, as a strong and democratic political party in the country.

“We also congratulate our leaders in APC National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee under the able leadership of HE Mai Mala Buni for yet another historic accomplishment of winning an illustrious and experienced leader in the person of H.E David Umahi. We especially welcome our fellow compatriots for taking the courageous and historic step of leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the progressives’ fold.

“The movement of our compatriot to the APC, despite all manners of intimidation, harassment and persecution by his former party is worthy of commendation and is indicative of his strong personal principles, commitment and conviction to the progress of Nigeria,” the statement further read.

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Gov Umahi

Adding, “Indeed, considering the nature of achievements recorded in Ebonyi State since 2015, Chief Umahi couldn’t have been in any other party but the APC. If anything, we are only welcoming Chief Umahi home where he belongs; to the party that will provide him and his people, and indeed all Nigerians the viable platform for political aspirations and negotiations. Together with Chief Umahi and all our leaders in the APC, we are confident that our party’s capacity to serve the collective interests of all Nigerians through effective representation will be strengthened. 

“By coming into the fold of the progressives, Chief Umahi has opted for open, transparent and honest contestation in politics, which is the overarching commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and all our founding leaders.

“Our National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee is working to ensure the institution of a solid foundation for our democratic development as a party. We are confident that the National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee will soon release detailed programme of activities leading to the National Convention. Together with Chief Umahi, we shall forge stronger partnership to mobilise all patriotic and other like-minded progressive Nigerians to join us in APC to enhance our capacity as a party to respond and resolve all our democratic challenges.”

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