The Governor of Ebonyi State, HE, Engr. David Umahi has pledged to support Mr. Peter Obi as the Vice Presidential running mate of Atiku Abubakar come the 2019 general election.
He made this known during a visit by the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, on Monday to Ebonyi State Government House.
Speaking at the event, Governor Umahi expressed his delight in the proven humility of Mr. Obi noting that such outstanding modesty was paramount to attaining the most needed vision of social transformation.
“I have every reason to be happy very with you. There is no way, even if I was nominated, that I will be the vice presidential candidate. I still have more than four years as a governor. Secondly, we have always supported ourselves. During my campaign, you came and even gave us vehicles.
“A lot of people have understood that there is nobody that is against our son. Nobody has anything against you and that’s why everywhere you go, the South-east governors will roll out their drums.
“But no governor in the South-east will say the process, I approve of it; and he (Obi) didn’t approve of it. He told me, ‘look if I were in your position, I will be angrier’ and that is an honest man who understands what his people are saying.
“And so sir, you have done very well because what you did is to save the party. I feel that all these noise they are making is marketing the party. You have saved the party and I want you to keep on explaining to those who didn’t understand so that they can understand”.
“With this, the presidential candidate has said ‘look I am coming to the South-east to discuss with you.’ We South-east people have never gone into presidential election with negotiation. Nobody has thought of that. This is the only opportunity we are going to have to ask the presidential candidate what is it that you are going give us.
“Probably, if we didn’t raise eyebrow about that, we would have probably gone into the victory and we now begin to say we are being marginalised.
“When we see what is going to come to South-east, we will sit down and ask what Ebonyi will get. We have close to 1.5 million votes but we are working to deliver 1.3 million votes. That’s the fact and with that we will be saying what is coming to South-east and what is it that will come to us, this is very important.
“I am a straight forward person. If we are giving support to PDP, we are giving support to PDP and there is no doubt about that. We are PDP, no more, no less.
“Sir, we will give you the support but we must see our presidential candidate to discuss with us what he has for South-east and Ebonyi.”
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Obi, who visited Governor David Umahi regarding the earlier refusal of the South Eastern PDP Governors to endorse his candidacy, said he was in the state to seek the support of Mr Umahi.
“Umahi is our leader, he is a man of impeccable character. He was at the centre of the storm but I want to tell the people that Umahi and Igbo leaders were misrepresented badly.
“Igbo leaders never disagreed with my nomination as VP candidate but disagreed with the process; but I am here to solicit for your support,” he said.
The former Anambra governor also expressed his belief that the current ruling party in Nigeria, APC, was mismanaging the economy.