Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has declared that he wants President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.
Governor Umahi, who is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told State House Correspondents on Thursday after meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa that it is normal for an elected official to seek re-election.
This is just as he said he would also wish to go for a second term.
His words: “Any first term governor would want to go for a 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.”
On the visit of Buhari to Ebonyi next week, Umahi said the people of the state are “fully prepared” to receive the president.
It is understood that the President would commission some projects carried out by his administration during the visit, including roads and flyovers.
The governor continued: “There are quite a lot of projects that we have executed within these past two and the half years. We have three numbers of twin flyovers that are built across the African Tran Sahara Road running from Enugu to Cameroon passing through Ebonyi state, so we have to build three twin flyovers to decongest traffic on that road, each of the twin flyovers is 700-metre length.
“We have completed two and the third one is 80 percent done, Mr President will commission the two. We also have a mall, what we call Ebonyi mall that is modelled after the famous Dubai mall.
“And we intend for the president to lay a foundation stone of that mall which we will like Mr President to commission within the next 12 months.”