I Prayed My Enemy Shouldn’t Succeed Me – Umahi Speaks On Nwifuru’s Victory

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, says he is a man with excess grace from God which enabled him to win a senatorial seat and enthrone a successor.

I Prayed My Enemy Shouldn’t Succeed Me - Umahi Speaks On Nwifuru’s Victory
Governor David Umaih

Umahi made the assertion on Monday night during a thanksgiving session he organized for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Francis Nwifuru, in the March 18 governorship poll.

Nwifuru polled 199,131 votes to defeat Ifeanyi Odi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who secured 80,191 votes.

The outgoing governor, who was also successful in his bid to cross over to the Senate, said the APC performed “marvelously” well in the southeast.

The governor said that no conspiracy could overcome him as people, out of jealousy, made efforts to stop him from being elected as a senator and enthroning his successor.

“You know how governors are currently struggling to be re-elected, enthrone successors, and to be elected senators,” Umahi said.

“We are three governors in the southeast for instance who sought to enthrone successors but only one (me) succeeded.

“Only two governors were elected into the senate and despite all apprehensions, the APC performed marvelously in the southeast zone.

“At this time on May 29, I will bow to him and say: ‘my boss I salute you’. He is my son and if he finds anything difficult, he will consult me and I will be there for him.

“When Nwifuru was nominated, I prayed to God that I don’t want my enemy to succeed me but him.”

Umaih also thanked the Ebonyi people for supporting Nwifuru and other APC candidates as they would deliver on the mandates given to them.

“I urge the governor-elect to enshrine a reward system to appreciate all those who worked assiduously to ensure his success,” he said.

On his part, the governor-elect said he would work towards fulfilling his campaign promises.

“I promise to fulfill my campaign promises and urge my fellow contestants to join me in making Ebonyi, the envy of other states of the federation,” he said.

Nwifuru is currently the speaker of the Ebonyi state house of assembly.

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