Governor Dave Umahi
Umahi laments, passes vote of no confidence on Ohanaeze president general
.Says he that betrays his brother cannot be trusted
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, on Saturday passed vote of no confidence on the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, stating that he would no longer recognize him as the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
He also decried the level of betrayal witnessed during the just concluded APC presidential primaries, stressing, “He that betrays his brother can’t be trusted.”
Umahi, who ran for the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded primary election of the APC, accused Obiozor of partisanship, instead of making himself a rallying point during the struggle for the presidency of Igbo extraction.
He lamented that Obiozor failed to stand for the South East region when it mattered most.
His words: “It is a very big shame. I have no confidence in him and he is no longer my President.”
Umahi also berated delegates from other South East states, whom he said, sold their votes to willing buyers instead of standing strong for the clamour for Igbo Presidency.
He also expressed disappointment with the political gladiators from the South East for not justifying the agitations against the marginalization of Ndigbo during the just concluded Presidential Primary.
Governor Umahi spoke at the weekend on arrival to Ebonyi State after the Presidential Primary in Abuja.
He, however, commended delegates, stakeholders, and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ebonyi State for their massive support of his candidature during the just concluded All Progressives Party, APC, Presidential Primary.
“First, let me say to Ebonyi people, you are wonderful people. The presidential election was a great eyeopener to every son and daughter of Ebonyi State and with your support, we fought very gallantly.
“I had series of meetings with the party’s chairmen in the five states of the zone, in the company of its national vice chairman. I implored on the delegates that the issue was not about me but the mood of the Igbo in the nation.
“I implored that they should vote for any South East aspirant so that when the votes are counted, we would not be missing.
“We would have made a strong statement in the process, that the Igbo are eminently qualified with due capacity to lead the country.
“There was no sort of lobbying I did not receive, but I maintained that it was about bringing the marginalisation of the Igbo to the fore.
“The setting of the nation is well skewed against any contest for Igbo man, while every zone has about eight states or more and South East has only five, how do you expect an Igbo man to win a contest under this kind of arrangement?
“Prof. Obiozor could not stand for the Igbo when it mattered so much; it is a very big shame, I have no confidence in him and he is no longer my President.
“In the comity of South East, Ebonyi people are not regarded, I continue to say that Ebonyi will never be Biafra.
“I weep for our leaders; we are now regarded as people that will sell anything for the sake of money, it is about equity, justice, and fairness upon which I continue to shout for the unity of this country.”
He further stated that he would focus on matters concerning Ebonyi State instead of South East, threatening that he would fight anyone that fights against the interest of Ebonyi people.
“I am the Governor of Ebonyi State, the only agenda I have for South East now is Ebonyi Agenda. I continue to say that he who sells his brother, even the buyer will not trust him.
“Anyone that fights against the interest of Ebonyi people in the South East, I will fight the person publicly, Ndigbo, get your PVC and bond together, you have seen that nobody wants you anymore. We have the fighting spirit and the spirit of our founding fathers have been rekindled to fight for us.
“When honourable people are needed in South East, they will come to Ebonyi State, everything is not money,” he said.