Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has faulted the reasons given by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress.

He alleged that Umahi was nursing presidential ambitions, and left the Peoples Democratic Party to pursue them.

Umahi, at a media briefing on Tuesday, announced his decision to leave the PDP for the APC, and claimed that the former was unwilling to work in the interest of the South East.

Umahi claimed the zone had been ill-treated by the PDP despite several years of loyalty.

But Wike, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant (Media), Kelvin Ebiri, on Monday, said Umahi left to pursue presidential ambitions, not because of an alleged unfair treatment to his zone.

He said, “My friend, Umahi wants to be president. There is no problem about that. You have a right to be president. Nobody can stop you.  You are educated. You have been a governor for two terms, so you are qualified to say I want to be president of Nigeria.

“My reaction to Governor Umahi’s defection is not that he has no right to defect, but to say he is defecting because of injustice meted to the South-East that is insulting to the South-East.”

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