By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: The chairman, South-East governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi state, Engr.David Umahi, has disassociated himself from the ongoing Campaign in the state known as ‘South-East for president, 2023’.
Umahi described the campaign which was purportedly inaugurated in Abakaliki on Tuesday this week as a distraction.
In a statement issued through his Chief Press Secretary, sir Emmanuel Uzor, Umahi dissociated himself and his government completely from any form of political association with intent to promote him for 2023 presidential ambition.
According to Emmanuel Uzor, the promoters of the said ‘South-east President for 2023’, did not have the support of the governor and therefore should not link him with any election that is four years ahead.
His words, “The governor was greatly embarrassed by the link to presidential ambition 2023 being circulated on Social media platforms and wishes to state that he will not be distracted by various endorsements by groups or individuals who clamour for president of Igbo extraction.
“Governor Umahi does not know the promoters of the platform and could not have contracted them, but believes that any genuine and law binding Nigerians reserve the right to go about their business as long as it doesn’t impinge on the laid down rules of the country.
“2023 is still very far ahead of us. I am the Governor of Ebonyi State and a second term Governor for that matter by the grace of God, I put all my energy and concentration to serve my people as Governor and deliver on my Campaign promises. I am not looking at where I will be tomorrow. Allow God to determine my next political fate but don’t distract me with Presidential ambition of 2023.
“It is ridiculous to me as an Igbo man and in my capacity as the Chairman of South East Governors Forum, I am not against the idea or agitation for Nigeria President of Igbo extraction but linking me to it at this time is mostly embarrassing, distracting and premature and I beg to be left out of it,” Umahi stated.