The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has formally declared his intention to run for the Office of the President of the country, saying that he has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his presidential ambition in 2023 under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
This notification from Umahi is coming barely a day after the former Governor of Lagos State and the National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also informed the President of his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
This was made known by Umahi, while speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, saying that his presidency will replicate his progressive efforts in Ebonyi at the national level.
When asked what his chances would be against the background that other big political figures had indicated their intentions to run for the same office, including Bola Tinubu, Governor Umahi said God would be the decider of the outcome of the race, pointing out that he stands a chance if the ruling party, APC, throws the ticket open.
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Recall that 24 hours ago, Bola Tinubu, while answering questions from journalists after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, revealed that he has informed the president of his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
He said the President is a democrat and therefore, has not asked him to stop the pursuit of his ambition which for him is life-long, insisting that he has the confidence, vision, and capacity to build on the foundation laid by President Buhari to turn around the fortunes of the country.
Governor Umahi dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling APC in November 2020.