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How APC Allegedly Convinced Gov. Umahi To Dump PDP With The Promise of 2023 Presidential Ticket

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This is not the best of time for Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi whose political future does not look too good following the alleged failure of All Progressives Congress to fulfil the promise made to him last year.

According to a recent report in The Whistler newspaper, Governor Umahi was reportedly promised the APC presidential ticket for 2023, if he agreed to dump the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Governor has since realised that APC may not zone its presidential ticket to the South East, let alone give him the ticket. Instead, APC appears to favour the South West.

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Umahi has been lamenting both in public and privately about the failure of APC to keep to its part of the bargain, but it appears no one is listening. This report will analyse how APC allegedly lured Umahi to dump PDP with a promise of a Presidential ticket.

Governor Umahi was promised the presidential ticket as a way of promoting peace and calming tension in the South-East

According to The Whistler, the promise of a Presidential ticket to Umahi was a gesture towards creating peace and resolving the agitations in the South East. That was the deal Umahi reportedly struck with the leadership of APC before he agreed to defect.

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This is one of the reasons why as soon as the governor decamped, he began to aggressively talk about the Igbo Presidency and also alluded to himself as a possible Presidential candidate. But he has soon discovered that the party leadership is not so keen on the project. 

Rather, attention is directed at South West where Tinubu may likely emerge.

He was told that the Northern political groups were waiting to mobilise support for his presidency

Just like the party allegedly promised Ben Ayade, APC also told Umahi that a coalition of Northern groups was going to campaign for his presidency. But that has not happened. Rather, many Northern groups are rooting for the South West candidates.

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Umahi's case is so bad because there are reports that many Northern groups are not willing to trust the South-East because of the agitations for Biafra. 

What is next for Umahi?

Umahi has limited options for now. He will either stay back in the APC and fight for his political future or return to his old party, the PDP.

If he stays back in APC, Umahi is likely going to lose out eventually in the party's power equation, post-2023 election. The only reason why APC fancy him now is that he is still Ebonyi State Governor and has influenced the state.

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But as soon he steps down in 2023, he is likely to be relegated in the scheme of things in APC. Outside of governorship, Umahi's electoral value will decline significantly because he lacks any strong political structure to lean on.

Should he return to PDP?

That is the question that will probably be going through the minds of Umahi’s supporters and associates. One strong reason why Umahi may favour a return to PDP is that he stands a better chance to pursue future political ambitions there.

Based on facts on the ground, the public sentiment in Ebonyi favours PDP. The PDP will likely win the Governorship and even the federal elections, that means if Umahi has a plan to pursue other political ambition like the Senate, his chances are brightest with the PDP.

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