The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Kelechi Igwe, has advised his principal to run for president in the 2023 general election.
Naija News reports that since the defection of Governor Dave Umahi from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November, there had been speculations that Umahi is planning to contest for the presidency if the ticket is zoned to the South-East.
However, the governor denied reports that he dumped the PDP because he wants to contest the 2023 presidential election, rather he joined the APC due to the injustice in the PDP.
But during a visit to the governor in his hometown at Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area (LGA) on Tuesday, Igwe said the governor must contest the presidency in the 2023 elections.
According to Igwe, who led members of the State Executive Council on the visit, said the people of the state will support his presidential aspiration. He noted that the council members will continue to remain loyal to his administration.
He said: “This particular visit is unique because it is the first time since our participation in government that we are determining as a people to change the political gear.
“When you announced that it was time to move on, a lot of us were foot-dragging, wanting to make consultations but at the end, decided to move with you. I must confess that some of us didn’t like the APC but decided to join it because of you. So, we are declaring that you must contest the 2023 presidential election.”
Reacting, Umahi tasked the council to remain steadfast in their support for the APC, adding that the party provides a platform for the Igbo people to evaluate themselves properly.
Umahi said: “When you are here and there, they will not take you seriously. People feel they can wake up and stab others at the back, forgetting that things do not work that way and people have different destinies,” he said.
“Count all those who betrayed us since 2015 and you will discover that they have never found their feet. People want to attempt what others have done and succeeded but God has brought all of us to decide their fate.”