The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said the leaders of the South-East were never unhappy or opposed to the choice of Peter Obi as the running mate of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku and blamed the social media for getting peoples thoughts and speeches wrongly interpreted.
He insisted they were only asking for a roundtable meeting to smoothing rough edges and to be sure of what gets to who after the victory in order to enable a sense of unity and purpose going into the elections.
He assured Ebonyi will deliver 1.3 million out of its 1.5 million votes for the PDP while thanking Obi for understanding the rationale behind their initial reaction and even helping to explain to the people what is at stake.
Umahi was speaking on Monday when Peter Obi paid him a courtesy visit.
Umahi, who said Obi had many things going for him, including sound leadership pedigree that saw him leading the South-East Governors Forum for eight years, also commended him for his humility while describing him as an asset to the country and the PDP.
Umahi, addressing Obi directly, said: “I have every reason to be very happy with you. There is no way even if I was nominated I will be the Vice Presidential candidate. I still have more than four years as a governor.
“Secondly, we have always supported ourselves. During my campaign, you came and even gave us vehicles.”
Earlier in his speech, Peter Obi thanked him for translating his impeccable character in providing leadership to the zone and for his sustained improvement of Ebonyi State.
Obi, who recounted his long relationship with Ebonyi State, said he had come to consult him as one of the political leaders of the Igbos and also the good people of Ebonyi State.
He invited all men of goodwill who are righteously indignant with the APC for the ruins they have brought the country to join the Atiku’s redemption movement.
“PDP as a party is desirous of returning to power at the centre not just because we want to return to power but because we have seen that in our country, every indices of development today is heading south and we cannot continue that way.
“In terms of borrowing and all other indices, everything is heading south. So PDP wants to come back and continue rebuilding the nation,” Obi added.