Umahi deplores fuss about defection, rationalises decision
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, yesterday, wondered why his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is still making so much fuss.
He argued that other politicians who defected to other parties in the past did not generate the kind of controversy his defection had created.
Governor Umahi stated this in Abakaliki, while addressing party supporters on how to distribute fresh palliatives to the people of the state, noting that he was committed to the development of Ebonyi irrespective of party affiliations.
He maintained that he defected to APC because of the injustice the PDP meted to the Southeast in spite of the support the zone had given the party, adding that he would continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari.
His words: “I want to tell you that we must continue to pray for our President, when people said PDP made me, I asked whether it is man that makes a party or party that makes man.”
“When I left, I asked my detractors whether I took anything from the party. I also asked them if I am the only governor who was in PDP.”
Further justifying his decision, he said people should remember that Ebonyi State saw more development under President Buhari’s government, adding: “So, you cannot say that Ebonyi developed under PDP because all that you have seen here are the result of the support Mr. President gave to all the states and ours.”
MEANWHILE, Umahi presented a budget estimate of N122.8b to the state House of Assembly for the 2021 fiscal year.
The budget, tagged: “Budget of Stabilisation and Consolidation” is lower than the N178.136b 2020 budget with N55.2b.
Presenting the budget proposal, Umahi noted that the major sources of its funding would come from Federation Account, amounting to about N52b, which represents 42.33 per cent of the estimate, while other sources would attract balance of N57.9b, representing 47.53 per cent of the budget.
He said the education sector has the highest allocation of N23b as against N8.7b in 2020, while capital and recurrent expenditure have N73.1b and N49.1b respectively, representing 60 and 40 per cent of the appropriation bill.
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