The All Progressives Congress has stepped up moves to persuade more governors from the South -East region to join it following the decision of the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi , to dump the Peoples Democratic Party.
Odogwublog learnt on Monday that the APC Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee led by the Yobe State Governor , Mai Mala Buni, had directed the party’ s leaders in the South-East to reach out to more governors and National Assembly members in the region.
It was learnt that among those being targeted by the APC leaders were the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu; his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; and Willy Obiano of Anambra State .
But the PDP, the party on whose platform both the Abia and Enugu State governors were elected , told The PUNCH that it was not disturbed by the APC’s moves.
The PDP insisted that the country’s constitution guaranteed freedom of association , adding that a gale of defection would soon hit the APC.
It noted that it had not reached a time when zoning of the presidency and other political offices would be decided.
Odogwublog recalls that Umahi, at a meeting held with the PDP National Working Committee in Abuja last week, reportedly told the leaders that he could only remain in the party if the 2023 presidential ticket was zoned to the South- East, a condition that the party leaders could not agree to.
But on Monday, a top -ranking member of the APC confided in one of our correspondents , “ Apart from Umahi, who is coming in a matter of days, we are preparing to receive more governors from the South- East. Our people are discussing with more governors from the South- East.
“ For now , we are reaching out to the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu , as well as their Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Our leaders in the South- East, including Hope Uzodimma, Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha, are also talking to people in the zone .
“ Apart from the governors , we are also expecting members of the state and National Assemblies to also come on board .”