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Umahi denies FFK’s role in his defection, says claim is insulting

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The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has denied claims by former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, that he played a crucial role in his (Umahi) defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Umahi defected to APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last year.

The former minister, who served under President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, after he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja as a new member, emphasised his role in the defection of the three governors from the PDP.

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The other governors are Ben Ayade of Cross River State and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State both of whom defected this year.

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Mr Fani-Kayode, however, last night on “Politics Today”, a Channels Television programme told the anchor, Seun Okinnbaloye, to excuse his use of “instrumental” but insist on playing a role in the defection of the governors.

Reacting to Mr Fani-Kayode’s claim on the same platform on Friday morning, Mr Umahi called the latter a liar and demanded an apology for his ”insulting” claim.

“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.

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“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,” the governor countered on Channel Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

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