Umahi and others at the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport, Onueke, Ebonyi State after arriving the state from Abuja on Monday.
. Backs Akpabio
‘I am not yet a senator, but if you say senators-elect, the majority of them I know, are with Akpabio, and I am Akpabio’s campaign coordinator’
By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has expressed optimism that the president-elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, would compensate the South East Nigeria with “other tangible positions” for sacrificing the Senate Presidency, as he declared support for Godswill Akpabio to emerge as the next Senate president of Nigeria.
Umahi at the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport, Onueke, Ebonyi State after arriving the state from Abuja on Monday.
The governor, who was returning from a one-week official tour within the country, said that he step-down his senate presidency ambition for Senator Godswill Akpabio.
He explained that he did so in the interest of the country, while expressing confidence in the incoming president’s favourable disposition to give the South East “other juicy positions” in his government.
“The president-elect, who is going to be the leader of the party called me, and I consider it an honour for him to have called me because I consulted him while he was in Paris, and he said that we were going to discuss about it.
“So, when he came back, he called me.
“I also accepted for the interest of South East.
“Let it not be as if we are in opposition all the time.
“Politics is all about dialogue; give and take.
Since we did not get that, we will get something else that is very tangible”.
Governor Umahi said that Senator Akpabio at present enjoys majority support of the senators-elect, contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
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Asked about the support of senators for Akpabio, he said, “I am not yet a senator, but if you say senators-elect, the majority of them I know, are with Akpabio, and I am Akpabio’s campaign coordinator.
“So, if you are talking about the existing senatorrs, may be, but I am not aware.”
On being appointed Minister of Works based on his superlative infrastructural performance as a governor, Umahi said: “I have worked so hard, and I feel it’s the time to rest.
“Since I am not senate President, I think it is the time to rest.
“So, I leave that to the president-elect; I leave that to my destiny; I leave that to South East; I leave that to the leaders of APC.
“Whatever be the will of God for me and for South East, let it come true.
“But if it is for me, I would say that I prefer to be in the Senate, I prefer to rest.
“But if it is a sacrifice I have to make for the interest of South East, for the interest of the country, and for the president-elect, so be it.
“But I won’t struggle for it; I won’t ask for it.”