2023: Umahi gives reasons for choosing Nwifuru as successor

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has opened up on why he chose the embattled speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, to succeed him.

Umahi had on so many occasions said he would not hand over to someone older than him but to a younger person.

His words came to a manifestation over the weekend when he chose Nwifuru as successor, during the internment of the Father to the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Barrister Chioma Nweze, in Okposi, Ohaozara local government area of the state.  

While Umahi called on Ebonyi people to support his choice of Nwifuru, he expressed hope that  the speaker would consolidate on the Divine Mandate leadership in the State.  

He said, “To Okposi people and people of Ebonyi State, I present to you the choice of the people in the person of the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru and I want Ebonyi South people to know that when it was the turn of Ebonyi South, an Abakaliki man was contesting and the Abakaliki people said no, so it is the time to pay them back.
  “I want to assure you that this Divine Mandate we came with would continue and when this man comes on board, we would not turn left and right from Divine Mandate, so fear not. There is nobody that is thrown up by God that the people would not criticize.  

“If people do not accept the sacrifices you are making, God will not disregard it. You can see that his children are very successful. Some are doctors, some are lawyers, etc.  
“2023 has to be ticking off the box. It will not be about promises. If you say you will do B, we have to ask you to prove how you will do A.   “In all honesty, it is my performance and that of others that APC will use to do their campaign.   “I ask you to continue to support our Government, we have only one party and this party we are in now will continue with the development of Ebonyi State from wherever we would stop.  

“Let the next President come from the South for equity, justice and fairness. If the Presidency is not zoned to the Southeast by PDP and APC, they should tell the people why.”   Governor Umahi responded to the claims by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike that he would not win elections without PDP, describing him as a lawyer that does not know the Law.  

“I am calling him to a debate. He wants to be President, I want to be President, let us do a debate so that the world would see how intellectual property would be deployed.”

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