The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has claimed that God’s will prevented him from winning the party’s nomination for president in the presidential primary.
Umahi made this statement in an interview with Arise Television on Friday morning.
Umahi is one of the APC’s hopefuls for the presidency, but on June 7 and 8, in Eagle Square, Abuja, Bola Tinubu, the party’s national leader, emerged as the front-runner.
The governor stated that he would withhold some information until after the start of the campaign on September 28 and that he had taken an oath of allegiance to his party, which he would uphold.
“What happened to me at the APC primary election is the will of God. I swore an oath of allegiance to my party in APC and won’t say some things because the campaign has not started,” Umahi said.
The governor was questioned about his lack of support for Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) Igbo presidential candidate, despite Umahi’s advocacy for an Igbo presidency.
Umahi said, “No comment. I have answered your question and I answered you that when campaigns start we will be answering questions like this because as a man who wants to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I should just do that which is very important.”
The APC presidential candidate said when asked about the Igbo presidency, “There is no doubt that Igbo missed out so much in APC, but they missed out terribly in PDP. I have said this several times if Igbo would serve APC with the number of years they had served PDP and denied ticket, I will not be happy about that.
“Morally I don’t have any anger in me to say that it must be me (that would emerge the first Igbo president). No. I just did my bit and demonstrated that we have materials. And for me, in terms of who becomes the President of Nigeria, I want to suggest that we should talk on issues.”