Ebonyi Governor David Umahi has suggested that his leaving the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in part to Governor Nyesom Wike’s alleged overbearing attitude .
Umahi’s defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, sparked mixed reactions with Wike alleging that he (Umahi) made the move because of alleged inordinate ambition to become President in 2023.
In an interview with Arise TV on Wednesday, the Ebonyi governor said his Rivers counterpart is in control of the PDP to the extent that he tried to direct the affairs of the party in other states.
He added that most governors elected on the platform of the PDP were less than impressed with Wike and may dump the party if the governor does not mend his ways.
His word, “He (Wike) said that I made my brother the Vice Chairman. I fund the PDP southeast from A to Z. And he has forgotten that he singlehandedly made Secondus the chairman. He has forgotten that he wanted to impose one of his own as minority Leader of the House.
“There is nothing that happens in PDP without his authorisation. He once said that PDP National Working Committee members are beggars and bribe takers. I have asked him that let’s not take on ourselves or else it will be very dangerous.”
He added: “So let’s us face the party, the party does not belong to him. And this is by no means personal and he is demonstrating the dictatorial tendencies in him by taking on me, a fellow governor. And that is very shameful.
“You cannot stay in your state and you will be remote controlling what happens in other states. Unless that changes you will see a lot of governors leaving the party.”