- Despite widespread criticism, David Umahi has defended his position on President Muhammadu Buhari
- According to the Ebonyi state governor, the president has a good heart and it is necessary for Nigerians to be patriotic
- Going further, he also appealed to Nigerians to always support the president or the sake of the country's development
According to the governor, he has no apologies for describing President Muhammadu Buhari as a man with a good heart and father to him.
He disclosed this while receiving the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff, at the Government House, Abakiliki.
He said he had no regret for his comment, notwithstanding the backlash from the public, PM News added.
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“When one person has a good heart and the rest of us do not and are not patriotic, no development can take place.
“You can see that my executive council members melted their hearts into mine, which made us have good hearts and achieve a lot."
Going further, he appealed to Nigerians to continue to support Buhari, saying that he is conscious of his integrity, which stands him out.
Meanwhile, Umahi says calls for the Igbo presidency in 2023 were too early and distracting.
He made this statement while speaking with newsmen after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 6, at the Presidential Villa.
Umahi advised Southeast governors and APC governors to focus on projects that would bring about development in their state, region and the country at large.
“Well, for me, I’m very much interested in completing my projects. And I will look into politics when my tenure is remaining one year, which is from May 29, 2022. And I think it is the same thing with other governors of South East and by extension, governors of APC."
It would be recalled that Governor David Umahi had said that God’s anointing is needed for the Igbo to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023.
He added that there has been an increased agitation for President Muhammadu Buhari's successor to come from Nigeria’s Southeast.
In another report, the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, explained that Nigerians, especially members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), are not necessarily looking for an Igbo president.
Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari paid a one-day working visit to Imo, Governor Uzodimma said that the APC the masses are looking for a competent Nigerian leader, irrespective of tribe or ethnicity.
The southeast governor said that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the ruling party will make a decision on who will emerge as its flagbearer, adding that the resolution will be binding on all members.
He went on to stress that this decision to be taken by the APC will be influenced by covert and overt factors.