By James Jibril
Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, David Umahi has appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to support the southeast geo-political zone to produce the next president of the country in 2023.
Umahi made the appeal during the weekend while receiving the Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, and his Jigawa State counterpart, Badaru Abubakar on a Christmas homage at his Umunaga Uburu countryhome. He assured the visiting Governors that any Igbo man, who becomes the president would fix the problems of the country in four years and make the nation proud.
Umahi also said that Igbo people love the nation and want to be part of its development and transformation contrary to the opinion being expressed in some quarters that the Igbo people were hellbent on breaking away from the country.
He added that Igbo people were only passionate about taking their fair share of the opportunities available in the country, and not leave the country as it seems.
Umahi said, “I have been to Jigawa State and these leaders you see here have continued to demonstrate that they love this country.
“You go to Kano, you go to Jigawa, you see how our people are being treated, if you see what these people have done for this country, you would doff your cap for them.
“I believe in the unity of this country, I believe in the oneness of this country and I have no apology for my love for Mr. President. When you go close to him, you will see a man that is detribalised.
“This is the place that all governors are equal, I want to thank them tonight, this relationship means well for this country, this relationship is the relationship that supports Mr. President, and I will ask Nigerians, let us de-emphasise party politics, it doesn’t do us any good.
“Ebonyi State is 100 percent APC and there is no going back, apart from my love for these two brothers, we have to reintegrate with the North for the unity of this country.
“The Igbo are hardworking, try them for four years, we are not going anywhere, we are part of this country and we have investments everywhere and we are very happy being Nigerians.”
Umahi thanked the visiting APC governors for taking good care of South East residents in their states, noting that their actions have shown their love and believe in one Nigeria.