Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Ebonyi State Governor, South East Nigeria, Dave Umahi has predicted victory for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Gatekeepers News reports that Umahi spoke to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he met the President to invite him to commission the new Ebonyi Governor’s Lodge, which his administration just completed.
He picked candidate of the Labour Party(LP) Peter Obi as his second favourite.
Umahi also said the current Peter Obi political movement would go a long way to prepare the environment that will make an Igbo president possible in the future.
The Governor, who still maintained that the presidential contest in 2023 should be an all-South affair, said he has been fascinated by the momentum created by the Peter Obi movement because that is awakening an awareness about the people of the Southeast and their political relevance.
Umahi said, “What happened during the primaries of PDP and APC were a kind of miscalculation by our people but to say whether they’re ready for the presidency of the country anytime, I think that the movement of Peter Obi is an eye opener and that’s why I said I love what he’s doing, I’m encouraged by what he’s doing because if he’s not doing what he’s doing, it means that Southeast would have been forgotten.
“Peter Obi’s movement, and all the movements, are anchored on God’s will. It’s only God who knows who will win but there must be a wish. As a party man, I would wish that our party wins and if God says no, the next person I’ll wish that should win is Peter Obi because I believe strongly, and I will say it anywhere, in this north/south presidency.
“After the North has taken eight years, there is no moral justification to be seeking to take another eight years, it should go to the South. So, I’m not wishing Peter Obi away. God has the final say and He has the power and gives to whomever He wishes.”
Asked about the crises within the ruling APC and the likely impacts of the crises on the chances party at the polls next year, he said “I think we don’t have issues in APC like the kind of issues that are in the other parties. In a big house, there are vessels unto honour, another vessel unto dishonour. Literally meaning that there must be some issues in a big house like APC, but the structure and the spread of APC is such that victory is assured.
“I can assure you that some of the disagreements in some states are going to be resolved. Mechanism have been put in place by Mr. President, the candidate of the party, his vice and the National Chairman and the leadership of the party, to sort out those differences and I think we are well prepared for victory in 2023.”