At the weekend, David Umahi, Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, appealed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to support the geopolitical zone in producing the country’s next president in 2023.
Umahi promised that any Igbo man elected to the presidency would solve the country’s problems in four years and make the country proud.
He stated that the Igbo people love the country and want to be a part of its development and transformation, contrary to popular belief that the Igbo people are hell-bent on seceding from it.
He claimed that Igbo people were only interested in taking their fair share of the country’s opportunities rather than leaving.
He made the remarks while receiving Atiku Bagudu, the governor of Kebbi State, and Badaru Abubakar, the governor of Jigawa, who paid him a Christmas homage at his Umunaga Uburu home.
He reaffirmed his love for and belief in Nigeria’s unity and oneness, saying he would continue to back President Muhammadu Buhari because he is a detribalized leader.
He thanked the visiting APC governors for looking after the people of the South East in their states, saying that their actions demonstrated their love for and belief in Nigeria as a whole.
“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.
“When I didn’t see the light in the party I belonged, the party I was the stabiliser, the spirit of God started talking to me and I went back to my father, Mr. President, went back to my brothers and I said this is the time.
“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.”