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I’ll fight anyone who troubles Ebonyi governor – Umahi declares

Minister of Works, David Umahi, says he will fight anyone who makes troubles with Ebonyi State governor, Francis Nwifuru.

Umahi disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital  on Thursday, May 30.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction with the attitude of some individuals who he “helped” gain political power.

Umahi said that even National Assembly members whom he helped to power were among those that now avoid him.

The minister, however, said that he was not disturbed by their behaviour.

“It is only Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi that will openly acknowledge that I am his father and boss,” Umahi said.

“The others feel that by doing so, the state governor, my successor, will be angry with them.

“The governor cannot do that because he too openly acknowledges that I was instrumental to his emergence.

He said that the development made him stop having political godsons but has opted for political friends.

“I will fight anybody who makes trouble with the governor because he deserves our respect.

“I have done my bit, have left the stage and have to respect myself,” he said.

Umahi noted that there were usually crises between the predecessors and successors.

“I am, however, not available for such because I have been so blessed in life by God.

“There are always pathways to successes and failures and when you dig for someone to fail, you have already failed,” he said.

The minister vowed to stick with Nwifuru for eight years and appreciated God for giving the governor the grace to unite all leaders of the state.

“The issue of the leaders staying together for long is not our business but I have known the governor for 16 years and will continue to support him.

“I will never regret making him my successor as he, alongside few others, stood with me during the hard decision of defecting to the APC,” he said.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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