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Defection: After Meeting Umahi, Wike Yet To Reveal Next Move

Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has remained silent on his recent meeting with Dave Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi State.

Remember that Governor Umahi landed in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state capital, on Saturday and met with Wike at 9 p.m. in what was described as a “friendly and brotherly visit.”

Umahi’s visit is his first with Wike since he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2020 to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to reported unhappiness with the party.

The Ebonyi governor stated he left the party because of the PDP’s poor treatment of the South East region.

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Governor Wike responded to Umahi’s charges by accusing his colleague of lying against the PDP and creating the impression that the opposition is corrupt.

Wike alleged that Umahi was enraged by the PDP’s choice of Peter Obi as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

Since Umahi’s switch to the ruling party, the two governors have been involved in a verbal spat.

However, Umahi’s visit to Wike comes just weeks after he first lost the PDP presidential ticket to Abubakar in 2023, and then days after he lost the running mate spot to Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Rumours have circulated that Wike is about to abandon the PDP in favor of the APC, but the governor’s spokesperson, Kelvin Ebiri, stated on Wednesday that his boss will never abandon the opposition PDP.

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Wike, however, has yet to release a comment on his weekend meeting with Umahi and rumors that he is intending to defect from the PDP to the APC as of the time of reporting this post.



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