Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has declared his intention to contest for president in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He made his intention public after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday.
Governor Umahi, in an interview with State House correspondents, said he told the president about his ambition to contest for the seat if the party zones the ticket to the South.
His words: “We discussed politics as the growth of our party, APC, in Nigeria, and the South East. And, of course, you know, the interest of the South East, for the seat of presidency in 2023.
“And, of course, I told Mr President, that without prejudice to whatever will be the decision of the party, which we shall abide by, that if the party throws the ticket open or zones to Southern part of Nigeria that I believe that with what I have put in place in the past six years plus, that I will be running for presidency on the platform of the APC.
“So, I told him and of course, he believes that whoever wants to run for president of this country must have to consult widely, go to all the leaders and that we must do everything to remove ethnicity and religion in our politics so that this country can grow.”
The Ebonyi helmsman promised to replicate his feats as a governor at the national level if he eventually gets to fly the party ticket and win the presidential election.