Gov Umahi calls Fani-Kayode a liar, says he played no role in his defection

According to Fani-Kayode, who was flanked by Matawalle and APC caretaker committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni as he spoke, “There are many people. If you ask my friend and brother Matawalle here…there are many people within the PDP who really want to come over to the APC. I can tell you that.

“I was there and very instrumental when Governor Umahi joined the APC. I was there and very instrumental when Governor Ayade did the same thing. I was there and very instrumental when my friend and brother Governor of Zamfara, Matawalle did the same thing.”

However, Umahi considers Fani-Kayode’s remarks an insult; and has asked for a withdrawal of the comments rendered by APC’s newest signing.

“I think he needs to withdraw that statement, he’s my good friend but it was an insult to my person and the other governors,” Umahi said during a ChannelsTV breakfast programme.

“The man did not know when I moved but he incidentally visited me and he said he’s coming to join me with the other governors to declare.

“How would someone in the PDP be instrumental in my moving? A whole governor of a state, not even a small governor, an experienced one.

“He has to withdraw his statement. He was never part of any discussion of my movement. I moved south-east to the centre of administration. I moved to close the gap between the centre and south-east, which our forefathers like Nnamdi Azikiwe fought for.

“He remains my friend, a good one for that matter. But he played no role in my movement and I’m sure he played no role in the movement of the rest of the governors,” Umahi added.

Fani-Kayode, who was very critical of the APC and President Buhari until this week, now says the APC and Buhari have changed a great deal since he last poured scorn and insults on them.

Fani-Kayode also said he is currently working to woo Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed, to the APC fold.


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