March 22, 2023

I put myself forward for position of Senate President — Umahi


By Peter Okutu, Abakaliki

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Senator-elect for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone in the 2023 general election, Wednesday declared his interest to run for the position of the Senate President of the National Assembly.

Umahi who stated this during a Statewide broadcast and Press Conference held Wednesday at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Abakaliki, called on the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC to consider zoning the Senate President position to the South East geopolitical zone of the Country.

“I want to put myself forward for the position of the Senate President. want to appeal to the National Assembly to amend the rules. I put myself forward. I will not go against their decision. Let the will of God come to pass. We courageously left PDP because our people needed to aspire to the leadership of this country.’

Umahi urged Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar and others who contested with the President-elect, Ahmed Tinubu in the recently concluded elections to embrace peace and join hands to rebuild the nation of Nigeria.

The Governor charged them to see Tinubu and Shettima’s victory as the will of God, and admonished them against unnecessary litigations.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmud Yakubu for the invaluable innovations brought into Nigeria’s electoral process.

He maintained that the innovations would progressively improve Nigeria’s electoral process, adding that the paramount concern of every political leader should be nation building after elections.

“Let me officially congratulate the President-elect, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his Vice, Kashim Shettima for the glorious victory God granted them.

“I plead with our brother, His Excellency Peter Obi and His Excellency, the former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to accept the verdict of God and join hands with the President-elect and his Vice to move Nigeria forward.”

Governor Umahi, while congratulating the State Governor-elect, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru, appreciated Ebonyi people for their well placed solidarity which gave victory to the All Progressives Congress.

He further congratulated his brother Governors, including Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Babajide Sanwolu for their successful outings in their States during Saturday March 18 elections.

While congratulating the APC family at the National and State levels for the victories, Umahi urged the elected to be magnanimous in victory.

He insisted that all those who were incarcerated for breach of election codes would surely face justice.

“We thank God very very highly, and let me thank Ebonyi people from my heart for trusting us; for believing in us; for voting for APC.

“Now that victory is here, it is time to work for this Nation; it is time to rebuild the nation.

“Let me thank the APC family and urge them to be magnanimous in victory by extending hands of fellowship to other Candidates.