2023: Peter Obi inflates Igbo’s political relevance but…
Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has predicted victory for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s election, picking Labor Party candidate Peter Obi as his second favorite.
Umahi disclosed this to State House correspondents on Friday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
According to him, he met with the President to invite him to commission the new lodge of the Governor of Ebonyi State, the construction of which has just been completed by his administration.
He also said that the current political movement of Peter Obi would go a long way in preparing the environment that will make possible an Igbo presidency in the future.
The Governor, who always maintained that the 2023 presidential race should be an all-Southern affair, said he was fascinated by the momentum created by the Peter Obi movement as it raised awareness about the peoples of the South East and their political relevance.
“What happened during the PDP and APC primaries was kind of a miscalculation on the part of our people, but to say whether they are ready for the presidency of the country at any time, I think Peter Obi’s move is a revelation and that’s why I said I like what he’s doing I’m encouraged by what he’s doing because if he’s not doing what he’s doing fact, this means that the Southeast would have been forgotten.
“So as my party wins, it would have prepared a very good ground for the South East Presidency, so no one is going to write us off and you can see the level of its acceptability, which doesn’t translate by a victory over the APC, I’m sure. But it’s a good move and it reassures the people of the Southeast and the whole country that we are accepted and that we will become one president of this country. ‘is very important.
“Peter Obi’s movement, and all movements, are rooted in the will of God, only God knows who will win, but there has to be a wish. As a party man i wish our party would win and if god says no the next person i wish who should win is peter obi because i strongly believe and i will say it anywhere in this presidency North South.
“After the North took eight years, there is no moral justification for seeking to take another eight years, it should go to the South. So I don’t want Peter Obi to go away. God has the final say and He has the power and gives to whomever He wants,” he said.
Umahi also tried to correct a narrative in the audience that the bloody violence, which was, until recently, prevalent in the South East was simmering due to the prospect of a Peter Obi winning the election in 2023, saying that security was returning to the region because of nationwide successes.
“You cannot technically attribute the killings to the Igbo presidency. You can see that security is generally improving in the country and that has nothing to do with Peter Obi’s move. The Peter Obi movement is a movement rooted in fairness, justice and fairness.
“It may not result in an outright victory, because I have to defend my party, I have to wish my party good luck and I have my party’s ticket. But if what he does has a sense, not just in the Southeast, it makes sense. So the killings in the Southeast should never be attributed to this kind of movement,” he said.
Asked about the chances of his party, the APC, in the Southeast in the upcoming election, the Governor noted that the game would change as different dynamics would be set in place to determine people’s interests and predict that Obi would get a vote. substantial number of votes. of the region.
“It’s going to be a completely different ball game because when the campaigns start, our people’s interest in terms of the presidency is there, you can’t wish for it, but everybody in the South East, holding the ticket to his party is going to have a hard time and he is going to fight.
“You won’t tell the guy with the House of Assembly ticket to look at the big picture of the Igbo presidency. He may not see it. But that’s not to say Peter Obi won’t get substantial votes in the South East, it’s there.
Asked about the crises within the ruling APC and the likely impacts of the crises on the party’s chances at the polls next year, he said: ‘I think we don’t have any problems in the APC like the kind of problems that arise in other parties. In a big house, there are vases of honor, another vase of dishonor. This literally means there must be problems in a big house like APC, but APC’s structure and spread is such that victory is assured.
“I can assure you that some of the disagreements in some states are going to be resolved. A mechanism has been put in place by Mr. President, the Party Candidate, his Vice President and the National President and Party Leadership, to resolve these disputes and I believe we are well prepared for victory in 2023” , did he declare. .
“Talking about the relevance of the new Governors Lodge he has just built, he said that I am building stunning projects to let our brothers and sisters in the South East know first and foremost that Ebonyi State had reached maturity. So if I didn’t get anything, it’s to restore the confidence of our people because even when we talk about the marginalization of the South East, you come from the South East, we talk about the marginalization of the Ebonyi people.
“So I built this project for people like you, to make sure that we went to the same school, that we had the same brains and that we came of age and that no one should neglect the state anymore of Ebonyi. And for some people we use it to punish them, those who neglect us are punished by this gigantic project and my projects are projects that you will not find anywhere in the Southeast. You can cross-reference this. So it’s for punishment.
“The benefit is to instill confidence in our employees, to make our employees number one in everything we do. OK? That’s why when you’re going to get married, you don’t wear a ragged dress and wonder what is the economic benefit of the beautiful dress you wear? It’s to build trust and acceptance in your bride,” he said.