The Governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi has clarified reports that he asked the people of the state to vote for only the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential elections.
This comes after reports emerged on Monday that the Ebonyi state governor had said the state will not vote Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) claiming that Ebonyi is for APC.
Umahi was said to have made the statement while addressing political leaders, traditional rulers, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, among other stakeholders of the state during the swearing -in of five commissioners and other appointees at the new government house in Abakaliki.
Clarifying his statement, Umahi, through his special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze declared that he was reiterating his earlier promise to support the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
The statement reads; “Our attention has been drawn to insinuations in some quarters suggesting that the Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Umahi, FNSE, FNATE has specifically asked Ebonyi people not to vote for a particular candidate in the 2023 presidential election.
“What governor Umahi did during a stakeholder’s meeting on Monday was in the spirit of sportsmanship to emphasize his earlier resolve to support the eventual winner of the Presidential primary elections who later turned out to be Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
The statement by Governor Umahi by all standards only underscored his determination to live up to his earlier comment of supporting the Party’s Standard Bearer.”