Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest the presidential election in 2019 just as he has indicated interest to re-contest the governorship election.

The governor, who spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja on Thursday, said Buhari was very qualified to seek a second term in office.

Umahi, a first term governor who was elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was at the Presidential Villa ahead of Buhari’s planned visit to Ebonyi, Anambra and Imo states.

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“Well, any first term governor would want to go for second term and if what you wish yourself, you should be honest enough to wish another person the same.

“Since, Mr President is doing his first term and I am doing my first term, it’s my wish to re-contest and I will as well wish the president the same to re-contest,’’ he said.

On the President’s planned visit to Ebonyi, Umahi said the state was fully prepared for the visit.

He said: “We pleaded with Mr President for the visit and before then we have been preparing, we are fully prepared.’’

The governor revealed that several projects had been lined up for inauguration by the President during the visit.

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