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Chief David Umahi who is the Ebonyi State Governor has made some open revealations that he is still saddened by the outcomes of the presidential primaries of both All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party respectively which were held recently.
Governor Umahi, who doubles as the Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum had also expressed displeasure over the role played by the delegates from the South-East geopolitical zone, saying the zone’s hide-and-seek attitude during the primaries raised a question about their said agitation for Igbo Presidency.
A statement signed by the governor’s Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, said Umahi stated this in Abakaliki while receiving members of the Ebonyi State Founding Fathers, on Saturday. According to the governor, the South-Easterners didn’t demonstrate the clamour of the Igbo Presidency during the primaries.
The statement quoted Umahi as saying, “My heart is saddened by the outcomes of the APC and PDP presidential primaries because when we were saying that we are clamouring for a South-East president and it was time to demonstrate it, the South-East people couldn’t demonstrate it. So, it caused a lot of doubts on the sincerity of the South-East on their quest. But if not for anything else, I have achieved a state with proven character and content, we must be very proud of ourselves and we know that in God’s time, it will come to pass.
“My defection to the All Progressives Congress was in the interest of the state and South-East in general but it was misjudged because if our people had taken my reasons seriously, probably, we would have been differently treated especially in the party that we have invested so much in since 1999. But at the end of the day, I became a prophet because all I predicted came to pass.”