The current governor of Ebonyi, David Umahi, has denied reports that he will be backing the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee for governor in the state, Dr Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odi, in the upcoming 2023 election.
This is according to a statement released in Abakaliki by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Chooks Oko.
According to Oko, the governor made this statement in his hometown of Uburu, Ohaozara LGA, when he met with representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Umahi, a senate candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi South, dismissed the allegations as baseless.
“Those who are saying that Odii is a tool in our hand are very wrong. If they know the attack I face every day, they won’t say that.”
He continued, “If I were to support, I would prefer someone else, who came from a tiny constituency, not someone, who came from my own zone.”
Umahi urged CAN, the elders, the founding fathers, and all stakeholders to back zoning and power rotation to maintain long-term peace in the state.
“When we were contesting in 2015, the North and Central supported us; their leaders stood with us,” Umahi noted.
The PDP candidate for governor of Ebonyi in the 2023 election, Odii, is from the same zone as Umahi, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
It was in the Christmas spirit, Reverend Father Abraham Nwali, chairman of CAN in the southeast, stated when he went to congratulate the governor.