Tinubu needs Rivers’ votes, not logistical support, Umahi tells Wike

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Governor Dave Umahi of ebony state has told his Rivers State counterpart Nyesom Wike that All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu needs Rivers State’s votes to win the 2023 presidential election, not its logistical support ( Wike)

Mr. Umahi urged Mr. Wike to deliver the Rivers State votes to the APC candidate.

The Governor of APC member Ebonyi State said this during the inauguration of the Akpabu-Itu-Omudiogha-Egbeda highway in the Emohua Local Government Area of ​​Rivers State on Tuesday.

A video clip of the event was posted on Channels TV Facebook page.

“You are a promise maker,” Governor Umahi began.

“We have seen how you promised logistical support to some candidates. My APC party does not need logistics. We need votes only for the presidential only. All I ask is that presidential. I will not ask what is impossible. Keeping the presidential votes for Asiwaju (Tinubu),” Mr. Umahi appealed.

Mr. Wike, a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has been in a prolonged clash with his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the party’s national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.

The governor pledged logistical support for the campaigns of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and his New Nigeria People’s Party counterpart Rabiu Kwankwaso when the duo recently visited the state to commission projects built by the governor.

Wike and four other G5 governors have been demanding the resignation of PDP President Ayu to clear the way for a southerner to lead the party in order to achieve “regional balance.”

The governors’ argument is that both Ayu and Atiku hail from northern Nigeria.

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Umahi also endorsed the Rivers State Governor in his insistence on fairness and regional balance in politics. He said Wike’s fight was in line with the resolution of the southern governors in Asaba, Delta state, for power to shift from the north to the south.

“You will never depart from that agreement. I (also) agree with Asaba,” Umahi told Wike.

“Your fight is not personal. You are fighting to keep this country together and God is with you. I want to assure you that I am with you in this fight.”

Governor Ebonyi said he too is a supporter of fairness and justice, which he said was his basis for endorsing calls for the presidency to be zoned out in southern Nigeria.

He said he was disappointed to have lost the APC presidential primary, despite calls from northern governors that power should shift to the south in 2023.

Mr. Umahi joked that the G5 should expand to the G6 to include them as a member.

“The G5 is hereby extended to G6. I am now a member of the G6. So when you want to call an integrity group meeting, invite me too. And many other governors want to be a part of this because they have seen that there is salvation for the country in what they are doing,” added Mr. Umahi.

Wike in March asked Umahi to hand over power to the 2019 PDP gubernatorial candidate in Ebonyi state after a Federal High Court in Abuja sacked the governor and his deputy for defecting to the APC after winning the election. in the state.

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Subsequently, the Court of Appeal would reverse the sentence.

But Mr. Wike explained that the disagreement with Mr. Umahi at the time stemmed from his desire to protect the PDP.

“Let me say publicly that most people thought that you and I were arguing, (and that) we didn’t talk to each other. Dear people, I want to say this, David Umahi has no problem with me personally.

“If there is a governor that David Nwaeze Umahi is very close to, it is me. He was defending our party when he took our mandate and ran away,” Wike said.

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