Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, the All Progressives Congress (APC) State Chairman in Ebonyi had said that Gov. Dave Umahi has the capacity and endowment to fix Nigeria.Okoro-Emegha spoke while interacting with newsmen on Sunday in Abakaliki ahead of the APC presidential primary election slated for June 6 and June 8 in Abuja.
According to him,, Umahi is the only Southern presidential aspirant with the capacity to win the 2023 general elections overwhelmingly if given the ticket. Okoro-Emegha therefore urged the national leadership of the party to unanimously adopt the Ebonyi State Governor as the party’s consensus presidential candidate.”The Presidential hopeful and Governor of Ebonyi State has been expectionally outstanding in governance in the past seven years.” Umahi through his policies and programs has set a benchmark for leadership in this nation.
” He did not only change the narratives of underdevelopment and all sorts of stereotypes attached to the state and her people but he blazed the trail in diverse frontiers even with meager resources. “In terms of Federal allocation, Ebonyi is among the least states, yet Umahi conscientiously built massive infrastructures and also developed the manpower, capital resources without propaganda or media brouhaha of any kind.
“What a silent achiever whose passion is to develop the people and put smiles on faces of his people. “Now, some of his magnificent architectural pieces are wonderful roads network done with concrete pavements, flyover bridges, Ecumenical Centre and shopping mall.
“You also remember the Ugwu Iyere ‘magical’ bridge often associated with the snake land; King David University of Medical Sciences, Uburu and it’s teaching hospital, Ebonyi International Airport, St. Margaret Umahi’s International market, New Government House to mention but a few”.
“Time and space will not permit me to go on and on. You all know that there are catalogues of other projects directed to further rejig and stimulate the state’s economy for rapid and unprecedented growth and development of Ebonyi and her citizenry as well the visitors.”Over the decades Nigeria has been on a consistent struggle on how to diversify her economy by developing critical sectors like Agriculture, mine and steel.
“Although, there are hitches but the topmost contender in the Presidential race, Umahi has set the pace in this area also.” You may ask me how again? Umahi revamped the moribund Ebonyi State Fertilizer and Chemical Plant which today is serving the farmers’ needs and also helped to solve the problem of food insecurity, beyond the shores of the state.
“The administration’s policy of one man one hectare and prompt distribution of farm inputs are also key achievements in the agricultural sector which is hugely addressing food insecurity in many parts of the country,” Okoro-Emegha said.On security challenges, he said that Umahi had greatly contained insecurity making Ebonyi one of the safest in Nigeria.
“Have you ever thought his magic and the miracle that made Ebonyi the only state in the South East of Nigeria where the sit-at-home order is not operational. “Here, the residents move freely and business activities flourish uninterrupted for 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. “He has demonstrated the fact that he has the ability and capacity to bring to a halt the insecurity challenging some states of the Federation”.
” Everybody is obsessed with his Excellency’s track records just like most of his counterparts in the presidential race.” Not only that Umahi is youthful, he is a technocrat and an engineer par excellence as evidenced in his qualitative and massive developmental strides. “Umahi’s seven years administration and still counting to say the least has placed the state at the global arena,” he added.
The chairman further advised the national delegates to vote for Umahi in case the party did not reach consensus considering his monumental achievements in the state and some other assignments he carried out at the national level. “I am deeply convinced that if APC makes him the standard bearer, the 2023 Presidential election will be a walk-over for the party while Nigerians will ever remain grateful to our great party.
” Umahi is patriotic, peaceful, innovative, adent believer of one Nigeria and above all he is a detribalised Nigerian. ” He is leader with maximum experience, energy and political will to tackle the infrastructural, economic and security challenges of Nigeria.”Let us vote devoid of sentiment, let us vote for the betterment of our country, let us vote for peace and security, let’s vote for economic development, growth and all round resuscitation of Nigerians well being.”Let us Vote for Umahi as a vote for him will guarantee a better future for Nigeria and Nigerians,” he added.