‘Zik of Africa’ was the sobriquet of the Late Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president (non-executive) and one of Africa’s greatest independence leaders.
On Tuesday, Umahi confirmed his defection to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor said he left the PDP because of “injustice”, alleging that the party has refused to zone the 2023 presidency to the south-east.
But Wike tackled Umahi, saying the Ebonyi state governor left the PDP because he wants to be president.
Reacting in a statement on Friday, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, OYC president-general, described Wike as the Idi Amin of the PDP, saying he has no right to speak on Umahi’s defection.
Idi Amin, is the former head of state of Uganda, reputed to be a brutal dictator.
In the statement co-signed by Obinna Achionye, OYC deputy-president general, and Okwu Nnabuike, secretary-general, the group said Umahi’s defection to the APC is good development for the Igbo.
OYC said Wike needs to appease the Igbo over the killings in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The group said it is in support of Umahi’s defection from the PDP to the ruling party.
“Wike’s reactions on Umahi’s defection and possibly defection of another Southeast Governor can be ascribed to the qualities of Janus god (two faced), for the innocent bloods spilled at obigbo (Oyigbo) massacres are seeking for justice, which made it impossible for him (Wike) to have any locus standi to morally speak on any national issues or umahi’s defection, until he had appeased the igbo, because he exhibits dictatorship qualities that portray him as the “idi amin of PDP”, politically, Wike had been trapped within Rivers State boundaries with a lot of moral burdens,” the group said.
The group added;
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council worldwide stand With Governor Dave Umahi, as the new Zik of Africa, one of assets of Igbo Nation and a courageous Igbo political leader at the moment, as PDP’s loss, is Igbos gain in APC.”