Ebonyi Gov Denies Presidential Ambition in 2023
POLITICS DIGEST – Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has debunked rumours making round that he is nursing the ambition of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Umahi, who explained that he does not have any presidential ambition in 2023, alleged that some politicians are plotting to discredit him with rumours that he is running for the highest office in 2023 in a manner meant to paint him as being a desperate politician.
In a press statement issued on Saturday by his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nweze, the governor said his attention had been drawn to an ill-conceived political poster with his image contesting for the Presidentof Nigeria and flanked by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for Vice President of Nigeria in 2023.
He said the poster showed the imprint of detractors and political desperadoes who thrive on gossips, rumours and have resulted in producing a smokescreen where they attempt to drag his name to the mud via the poster.
“One could not help but come to a sane conclusion that enemies of the state probably quoting the harmless expression of an Igbo born industrialist, Chief Cletus Ibeto who said ‘when it is time, we will send Umahi’, decided to stir the hornet’s nest and heat up the polity with such embarrassing poster.
“In as much as Governor David Umahi has towering credentials that in any contest make him visible, he has not made public, any intention to contest for any position in 2023, let alone choosing a successor as he is a governor who is presently committed to delivering of dividends of democracy to his Ebonyi people as he believes that politicking ends immediately after election.
“We, therefore, call on all lovers of good governance, Governor Umahi’s ambassadors and the general public to ignore such posters as it is nothing, but the handiwork of mischievous elements who are determined to put the governor against his admirers,” the statement read in part.