Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has flagged off the membership registration of the All Progressive Congress (APC) within the state.
The exercise scheduled to require place across the 13 government areas of the state was flagged off on Tuesday at an occasion held at the Ecumenical Centre in Abakaliki, the capital.
Governor Umahi directed the commencement of the exercise within the presence of a former governor of the state, Martin Elechi, and other party stalwarts who attended the event.
Delivering his keynote speech, he appreciated leaders and members of the APC in Ebonyi state for his or their steadfastness towards the progress of the party within the state.
He stressed the necessity for party members in Ebonyi to support the efforts aimed toward moving the APC forward and make sure the delivery of democracy dividends to the people.
In his remarks, the APC Chairman in Ebonyi, Stanley Emegha, called on members to show out en bloc for the registration exercise.
Other party leaders at the gathering also admonished party members to ascertain the exercise as a call to duty to bring an all-around development within the state.
Umahi, who is in his second tenure, was elected into office as governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
In November 2020, he defected to the APC for a few reasons including that the South East region has suffered injustice within the PDP.
While the most opposition party denied the accusation, the PDP alleged that the governor defected to actualize his ambition of contesting for president within the 2023 general elections.
In 2007, Umahi led the PDP in Ebonyi in an acting capacity and later served because the party chairman between 2009 to 2011.
Later that year, he emerged because the campaigner to former Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi, and have become the deputy governor after they won the election.
While Elechi’s tenure neared conclusion, the previous governor supported a former Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, to succeed him – a move which was rejected by Umahi.
Umahi, who accused Elechi of violating an understanding that he would succeed him, later faced Chukwu et al. within the PDP primary.
He clinched the PDP’s governorship ticket while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared him the winner of the 2015 election after meeting the wants to carry the position.