Governor Dave Umahi
By Mkpuma Enyinna, Abakaliki
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State chapter, has congratulated and lauded the ingenuity of Governor David Umahi during the just concluded Presidential Primary election in Nigeria, stressing that his courage and disposition were commendable.
The state Chairman of the party, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, who delivered the congratulatory message in a banquet organised to appreciate Ebonyi people for their massive solidarity during the polls, said Umahi made Ndigbo proud through his firm disposition in the election.
“Your Excellency, we commend highly and celebrate your achievements. You have continuously made Ebonyi and the Igbo nation proud.
“You never can know the quantum of joy and prestige you gave not only to Ebonyi people but the entire Igbo nation by your firm disposition during the polls.
“You have won the hearts and admirations of many as multitude across the country have been commending and eulogizing you and the feat achieved so far.
“Like your sing tune, you have once again taken Ebonyi out of relegation. This is just your first shot at the presidential seat but the impact was heavily felt. Beyond the South East zone, people are now more aware that indeed there is a man who is firm and resolute in defending a just cause especially when it matters most.
“Your Excellency, you are that man. You are a giant and leader with extraordinary vitality.”
While appreciating the delegates and other party faithful for their unprecedented support to Governor Umahi whom he described as a quintessential leader in Nigeria. Emegha stated that Ebonyi people were trustworthy and could not be influenced by materialistic tendencies hence the 39 votes were judiciously utilized to give honour to the two presidential aspirants from the state.
“But one particular thing that made my heart to bleed and was the betrayal from our sister states. Despite the vigorous consultations and campaigns within the South-East states of Abia, Enugu, Anambra and Imo, their delegates could not even sacrifice a vote in our favour. Only Ebonyi delegates voted wisely. Where is the oneness in Igbo land? Chief Emegha queried.
“However, I’m encouraged this evening because you have a covenant with God. Your Excellency, your assignment is divine and must be accomplished soonest.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us and we are not a conquered people. This is what you demonstrated at the outing. You fought a good fight and you have engraved the name of the Ndigbo on the epicenter of the Nigeria’s map. People of other zones have known that Ebonyi/Igbo nation is also an integral part of the country.
“Your Excellency, do not be deterred. You made the entire Igbo race proud and we are also grateful that we are associated with you sir. Your gallantry at the Primaries will make them come for a negotiation and we will be negotiating with them from a superior position. One thing is certain, for those that betrayed, betrayal will never depart from their homes.
“We are pledging our continuous unalloyed support to your aspirations because it is not over, Nigeria is our common heritage. You did absolutely well. Everybody knows that you are eminently qualified for that position. May God bless you, your Excellency”.