The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has described Femi Fani-Kayode as a liar for saying he was instrumental in the decision he (Umahi) took to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Governor stated that the claim by Fani-Kayode is false and called on him to withdraw his statement.
Naija News recalls that Fani-Kayode who officially returned to the APC on Thursday after dumping the PDP, said he was instrumental in bringing three serving governors to the ruling party.
Fani-Kayode who was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa by the national caretaker chairman of the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni claimed that he played a vital role in the defection of Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, and David Umahi of Ebonyi to APC.
However, Umahi on Friday during an appearance on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme, rubbished the claim by the former Minister.
Categorically, Umahi said Fani-Kayode insulted him by claiming to have played a role in his defection and called on him to withdraw the statement.
The Ebonyi governor added that he doesn’t believe Fani-Kayode played the alleged roles in the defection of other governors he mentioned.
“For someone to come and say that a whole Chairman of the Southeast 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,” Umahi said.
He added, “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.”