- Governor Dave Umahi has said he knew nothing behind the campaign posters stating he wants to run for president in 2023
- The Ebonyi state governor, however, said those who produced the posters might have done so in good faith
- Umahi said he is currently occupied with his duty as Ebonyi governor and will wait on the Lord for divine directives on the 2023 presidency
Abakaliki, Ebonyi state - David Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi state, has dissociated himself from campaign posters with inscription that he wants to run for president in the next general elections in 2023.
The posters have reportedly flooded various social media platforms and strategic locations across the country.
Reacting via a statement by his media aide, Francis Nwaze, Governor Umahi noted that the gesture may be in good faith.
He, however, said he would only heed the call to run for president if he is divinely inspired.
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Nwaze said his principal, "being a respecter of constituted authorities could not have launched such full-scale campaign into the office of the President even when the electoral umpire is yet to open the window for such exercise."
The statement read partly:
“That His Excellency as a strong believer in the Divine Mandate of God would wait on the Lord for divine directives and unless and until he is divinely inspired to vie for the Presidency, he wouldn’t heed the clarion call.
“That the Governor is presently occupied with delivering dividends of democracy to the good people of Ebonyi State, transforming the state in agreement with his five covenants with God as well as repositioning Southeast and contributing his quota as at when needed in the nation-building.”
Nigerians react on Facebook
Gabriel Sunday Nweze said:
"When I saw that post yesterday, I knew it couldn't have come from the governor, nonetheless, his infrastructural drives, leadership dexterity and development must have prompted such act from his well wishers."
Geleo Covenant said:
"His Excellency should please calm down, the love is too much, no governor has done what he has achieved.
"This is my first time of CARRYING A POLITICIAN'S MATTER for head, and no regrets. I love Governor David Nweze Umahi. Ebonyi State is out of RELEGATION ZONE!"
Daniel Inya said:
"It's not a bad idea if he contest in the 2023 presidential election afterall he's doing well at the state level and I'm sure he'll even do better at the federal level.
"So whether you deny it or not, it's inconsequential. He's a good man and we're urging him to come out and contest in 2023."
Amobi Ephraim said:
"Go for Senate and claim Senate president for us, we Ebonyians are okay with that...
"We Don't want anything failure."
Presidency 2023: I will feel bad if APC doesn’t give southeast opportunity - Umahi
In another report, Governor Umahi said he will feel bad if the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not give the southeast a chance at the presidency in 2023.
The Ebonyi state governor said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV on Friday, September 3.
Governor Umahi noted that the major yearning of the people of the southeastern region is that they should be given a chance to produce Nigeria's president, whether on the platform of the PDP or the APC.