Though it is about two years to the 2019 general elections, the people of Ebonyi State do not want to take any chances, as according to them, ‘Umahi has demonstrated commitment towards the development and emancipation of our state and our people, and have gone a step forward to collectively put it to the Governor that he must not only contest the general elections but must stand as the sole candidate representing the aspirations of the entire State.’
Hon Linus Okorie, representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, who after observing and due consultation with various communities that came in thousands during the Christmas and New Year homage to the Governor, moved the motion that Umahi must not only stand for the second term in the 2019 general elections, but must be the sole candidate of PDP and other progressives parties desirous of the greatness and future of Ebonyi State.
Hon Odefa Obasi Odefa the Deputy Speaker of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, seconded the motion, stating that if the feats of Governor Umahi less than two years in office are anything to go by he should stand as the sole candidate of all the functional political parties in Ebonyi State during the 2019 gubernatorial elections. ‘The fact remains that we in Ebonyi State are not only blessed through Umahi who has exposed our state to unprecedented revolution and transformation of our dear state, but we can proudly stand before any state in the federation in terms of having a visionary leader whose impact is very visible, even to the blind.’
In a similar development, the Senior Technical Advisers and Technical Advisers to the Governor spoke through their leader, Mark Onu: “We are happy with you. Your second tenure is assured. We can only disagree with you if you refuse to present yourself. But I know the good Lord will guide you in all your dealings.” They noted that Umahi had given the state a facelift within a short space of time, and urged him to come out for a second term in office.
Following the steps of the entire state, the people of Ezza North in a separate event have pleaded with Governor Umahi not to go to Abuja until he completes the “good works” he is doing in the state, by contesting the 2019 polls.
Their spokesman, Mr. Hygienus Nwokwu, said: “Your Excellency, we are highly pleased with the good works you are doing in this our state. We are particularly pleased that our LGA has been well favoured in the area of infrastructural development. You have ensured equity in the spread of projects and appointments. We are happy with you, sir. But, your Excellency, we want to plead with you not to go to Abuja yet.
We say this because very soon, people in Abuja will soon ask you to come to the centre. But we say don’t go yet, until you have completed the good works you have started. That they did not want a situation where the governor’s “massive projects would not be completed.