- The race for who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari gets tougher by the day after the declaration of some major stakeholders in the APC eyeing the nation's prestigious seat
- Earlier, Governor Umahi declared his intention to run and also informed the president about it but he stated further that God is involved in his plan
- Meanwhile, Umahi in November 2020 defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, where he was elected as governor twice
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, on Tuesday, January 11, said God spoke to him to run for president in 2023.
Umahi made this assertion, during a recent interview on a live television programme, Premium Times report.
He granted this interview a few hours after he declared his ambition to jostle for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket at the State House, Abuja, where he had met with President Muhammadu Buhari to intimate him of his plan.
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The Ebonyi governor said it was God that directed him to declare his intention when he did, but that God did not tell him if he will win the presidential election or not.
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When asked about his chances against other heavyweights in the APC, Mr Umahi said power belongs to God and he gives it to whoever he wishes to.
APC debunks Umahi's purported move back to PDP
In an earlier report, Legit.ng noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier debunked reports that David Umahi is currently aligning with politicians of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The APC spokesperson in Ebonyi state, Simbad Ogbuatu had said that such a report about Governor Umahi is not only fake but laughable.
According to Ogbuatu, Governor Umahi had at no time mentioned that he planned to return to the opposition party.
Umahi sends strong warning to IPOB ahead of Buhari's planned visit to Ebonyi
In other news, a major reprimand has been handed down to the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi.
It was reported that the governor gave the warning while speaking at the end of the year service of the state at the Government House Chapel located at Centenary city, Ebonyi state.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor stated categorically that the group lacks the capacity to bar President Buhari from visiting any state in the Southeast.