Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has denied supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term ambition as Nigeria’s president.

This comes days after he said he wished Buhari what he wished himself at a dinner organised for the president during his campaign visit to Abakaliki.

Umahi was speaking when the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar visited Ebonyi state in continuation of his campaign for the 2019 elections.

Speaking at the event, Umahi, who doubles as the South-East Coordinator of Atiku/Obi Campaign Organisation, assured that the state would vote massively for the PDP presidential candidate and his running mate, Obi.

According to Umahi, people have often mistaken his friendly relationship with President Buhari to mean that he has been working against his party, the PDP.

Stressing that it was high time Nigerians separated politics from friendship, he said, “Ebonyi is for the PDP and the PDP is for Ebonyi.”

Thousands of members and supporters of the PDP had trooped out  to welcome Atiku, who was in the state to campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.

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In his speech, Atiku commended the leaders, members and supporters of the party in the state for coming out to welcome him.

He noted that there was no doubt that the state was completely in support of the PDP. Atiku assured the people of the state that his government would bring development to all parts of the South-East.

He said, “To the people of the South-East zone, I don’t know what will happen in the future. But let me tell you that this is your best time to align with the movement that will usher in great opportunities for you and your generation unborn. You have the Vice President who is a southeasterner and you have the wife of the President who is a southeasterner and that means, you have two over three. Therefore, this is your best opportunity and I appeal to you to come out and vote for the PDP.”

While commending the state governor, David Umahi, for his leadership style, Atiku noted that the greatest transformation of Ebonyi had been done by the governor. He added that Ebonyi State would never be marginalised again in the country.

“I want to thank him for his leadership style and I want to also say that the people of the Ebonyi State have been loyal to the PDP and the PDP has been loyal to Ebonyi. All you have got in this state was made available by the PDP. Ebonyi will never be marginalised in this country again. I have been to many states in this country and I have not seen this kind of mobilisation anywhere,” Atiku said.

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