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Why I fell out with Umahi, by Anyim


Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, has alleged he fell out with Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi because he refused to defect to the All Progressives (APC).

The Governor, he said, is after him and prominent Ebonyi elders because they turned down his entreaties to join him in the APC.

Barely a fortnight ago, Umahi defected to All Progressive Congress (APC).

The Governor proceeded to accuse Anyim; Senators Sam Egwu and Obinma Ogba and PDP acting Vice Chairman, South-East, Ali Odefa, of plotting to use members of IPOB to unleash mayhem in the state.

But in an open letter to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector-General of Police; Director-General, Department of State Services, and the Chief of Defence Staff on Monday, Anyim said Umahi was raising dust to “divert the attention of the public before he strikes.”

Describing Umahi as a leader under a curse, the former Senate President noted the allegation against him and other PDP leaders in the state was an attempt to hide his plot to eliminate them.

Anyim said that the only offense he and other political leaders in PDP committed is they refused to follow Gov.Umahi in his “political adventure” to the defect to APC.

He revealed that he had turned down the governor’s entreaties for him to defect to APC.

“The only offence we committed is that we refused to follow Gov. Umahi in his political adventure.

“We do not know when belonging to parties of one’s choice has become an offence against a Governor or means fighting a Governor.

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“In his delusion, he believed his own lies that he is the only man who matters in Ebonyi State.

“He did not consult with anybody notable before consummating his defection to APC. After his defection, no person of note followed him.

“Unable to contain and manage the unsavory reactions from the public he ran to my home in the company of some high-profile people, on the 20th of November 2020 and pleaded with me to defect to APC, saying that if I do, others will follow suit. I pointed out to him that his approach has made it almost impossible for anybody to defect.

“He pleaded with me that if I cannot defect now, I should not attend any PDP meetings, and I said no, I must attend PDP meetings as long as I am in PDP.

“He realised that he could not persuade anybody when he saw the crème of Ebonyi Elders and citizen that gathered for the inauguration of PDP Caretaker Committee. He could no longer sleep and declared war on every one who has refused to defect with him,” Anyim said.

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