Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has dismissed speculations in some quarters that his open support for President Muhammadu Buhari is an indication of his desire to defect to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made the clarification during a reception in his honour by the Old Afikpo Union (OAU) at the Government College, Afikpo, at the weekend.
According to Gov. Umahi, his cordial relationship with President Buhari should not be mistaken to be a support for the APC, adding that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, still remains the party to beat.
He also pledged his continued support of the Buhari administration, which he said means well for the country.
“My relationship with Mr. President should not be mistaken as support for another party. PDP remains a strong party, and the party to beat.
“PDP is our party and we will remain in it. Don’t shake at all for PDP is a good party and will continue to be so”, Mr. Umahi said.
The governor also urged the people to continue to support President Buhari’s efforts to re-position the country.