APC getting stronger in S’East despite LP onslaught, says Umahi
Advices party to balance NASS leadership
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, yesterday, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is getting stronger in the South East notwithstanding the string of successes recorded by the opposition, including Labour Party (LP) in recent presidential and National Assembly elections in the region.
Umahi spoke to journalists after he emerged from a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor, who emerged Senator-elect in February 25 National Assembly election to represent Ebonyi South Senatorial District, noted that APC recorded significant successes in the state, because of the strength of the party.
He also noted that Labour Party has no governorship candidate in the Saturday’s governorship election in the state, stressing that APC would have still won the election even if the Labour Party has a candidate, considering the quality of candidate APC fielded.
His words: “For my state, I have nothing to worry about. I think God has done the work for me and our candidate, who is godsend candidate, is going to emerge, no matter how desperate the opposition will want to try.
“First and foremost, Peter Obi has announced that there is no Labour Party governorship candidate in Ebonyi. Even if the candidate stands election, he’s no match for the candidate of the APC; so, I’m sure that we’re going to win.
“Because I’ve been busy, it has not been easy for me to join the governorship campaign in Enugu State or in Abia State. So, I won’t be able to honestly analyse what the chances of our party are; but I believe we have strong candidates, especially in Abia, and I believe he will emerge. This is the much I can say about that.”
On chances of the South East in the composition of leadership of the 1oth National Assembly, the governor said that every geopolitical zone would be given a fair chance when the time comes.
He stressed that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, had directed incoming National Assembly members to step down the issue of parliamentary leadership tussle until after the governorship and state Assembly polls next Saturday.