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No regret praying for another Buhari with ‘good heart’ in 2023 – Umahi

GOVERNOR David Umahi of Ebonyi State says he has no regret for asking God to give Nigeria another kind-hearted leader like President Buhari in 2023.

The governor had earlier in the month said the country needs another leader with a good heart like the President in two years’ time.

Speaking yesterday when the former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff, visited him at the Government House in Abakiliki, Umahi said he has no regret over his comment despite the controversies it had generated so far.

He said: “When one person has a good heart and the rest of us do not and are not patriotic, no development can take place.

“You can see that my executive council members melted their hearts into mine and this made us to have good hearts and achieve a lot.”

Umahi said Buhari stands out in his integrity, and thus deserves teh continued support of Nigerians.

Earlier in his speech, Sheriff said he decided to inform Umahi of his decision to contest the APC national chairmanship because he is a “political Iroko” in the South-East.

“You are very influential in APC and your fellow governors and leaders across the country rate you highly for your infrastructure strides, among other achievements,” said Shriff, who was governor of Borno State from 2003 to 2011.

Sheriff called on Nigerians to stop zoning the presidential seat. Instead, he said, the best candidate should be considered and supported.

He added, “It is, however, not the time to talk about the next president because an incumbent is still in office and should be supported to accomplish his goals.”

Responding to his visitor’s quest, Governor Umahi stated: “I thank you (Sheriff) for informing us of your decision to contest the APC national chairmanship but the president, who is the leader of the party, has a role to play.

“He is the only one that can take a decision but if it is thrown open, you are my choice.

“The president can say in the interest of the party, let another person be there, we will obey him.”

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