Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State stunned journalists at the Presidential Villa on Thursday when he openly craved a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari as he paid a visit to Nigeria’s number citizen.
Umahi, a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told State House correspondents that he would be happy to have Buhari, a possible candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), back in the race for the 2019 presidential election.
The governor, however, said his wish for the President was because of the desire of an average first term Nigerian politician to seek a second term.
Like Buhari, Umahi is about two-and-a-half years into his first term as the Ebonyi State governor.
He said he was willing to seek election for renewal of tenure in the next general election.
“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 told the journalists.
Also commenting on the President’s proposed visit to his state, umahi said all was set to receive Buhari in the South-Eastern State, adding that his latest visit to the Presidential Villa was to secure the President’s commitment to it.
According to him, his regime had completed a number of projects that would be commissioned during the President’s visit.
Among the projects, he said, were three units of twin flyovers built to connect Cameroun, a neighbouring African country.
Spanning about 700 metres each, he said the projects were executed to decongest traffic within the state capital.