Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RAMFC, Chief Elias Mbam has disclosed that the defection of the governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, would strengthen the unity of the party and reposition it towards capturing the governorship in 2023.
Mbam stated this on Sunday after an APC stakeholders meeting with the governor at his Uburu hometown in Ohaozara Local Government Area.
The APC chieftain noted that the decision was a welcome development and that the state, as well as the South-East would benefit from the defection, even as he maintained that the South-East has nothing to show for its numerous support for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, since the inception of democracy in 1999.
He said the APC-led federal government has shown commitment towards developing infrastructure in the South-East and it is time for politicians in the zone to move to the APC en-masse. Mbam pointed out that the zone has not benefitted much from the ruling party because of being in the opposition.
“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 reason was the need for the South-East to be part of the government at the centre.
“He stressed the need for the zone to collaborate with the north and if we do that, we will be able to achieve our aspirations.
“Since 1999, the PDP has been in control of Ebonyi and other states in the 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.
“Ebonyi State needs to join the ruling party in order to be present when major decisions are being taken. We want to lead a campaign where the zone will become more relevant at the centre.
“Umahi’s move is a commendable decision. It is good for our state and Igbo people. The best way to be represented in a meeting is to be present where major decisions are taken and if Ebonyi is not present at the centre, certainly it will affect what we get from there,” he said.