Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has debunked a statement made by former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode that he was instrumental to the defection of three Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On Thursday, Fani-Kayode formally joined the APC and made the claim.
He identified the governors as Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.
Reacting, Umahi described Fani-Kayode's statement as a lie from the pit of hell.
Speaking as a guest of ‘Channels TV Sunrise Daily’, Umahi said Fani-Kayode owes him an apology.
Umahi said, “For someone to come and say that a whole Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum, that he was instrumental to my movement from PDP to APC is an insult on my person and with all due respect, he has to withdraw that statement.
“He remains my friend and a good one for that matter, but he played no role in my movement and I am sure he didn’t play any role in the movement of the rest of us.”
Fani-Kayode had explained that he joined the ruling APC to help Nigeria achieve unity, peace and togetherness.
Speaking during an interview on the station, Fani-Kayode said he joined the ruling party to seek progress despite what people might think about it.
He said, “APC is a liberal party. A lot has happened in the APC over the years. The party has changed and President has accommodated the change. Had the APC leadership not changed, I wouldn’t have joined them.
“I am doing the right thing based on conviction and understanding. This is the right decision for me; love me or hate me, it will not take anything away from me.”
Speaking on his verbal attacks on Buhari, the former minister said he spoke against him from the outside, noting that he now knew who the President was from the inside.
He said, “I spoke against Buhari from the outside; now I know him from the inside. I am not saying he is an angel or a demon. The APC I was talking about that time is not the same today. Let’s focus on unity, peace and togetherness.”