Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country, said he can’t be manipulated by opposition in the state.
The governor, however, hinted that his successor must be approved from a genuine altar of God.
Umahi made this known while addressing stakeholders and Christians during his 58 birthday Thanksgiving that took place at the Christ Embassy Church located at old Enugu road, Mile 50 Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.
According to him: “I can testify that prayer is the key to our successes, and I want to thank CAN, the divine mandate pastors and my Pastor for the solidarity. From this altar, my success came forth.
“What is happening in Ebonyi State is not by the power of man but the power of God. If you want to manipulate me, you have to manipulate God first because I am protected by him.
“I want to ask anybody who wants to succeed me in 2023, every genuine altar of God is where your success can come from. It is good to depend on God, when you help the poor, when we trust God, when we put our faith in God, then we have less time for distractions.”
He said there will be no political squabbles of any kind. “If I call all the leaders of the state to bring in a successor, there will be no fight, but there will be a fight if I want someone to succeed me singlehandedly, that’s when there will be a fight.”
The Governor also reiterated the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing projects and even initiate new ones before his Leadership draws to a close in 2023.
“We are committed to completing all our ongoing projects especially the airport, the Ring Road, the stadium, we must complete the stadium and do two more flyovers, one at Ogbe Hausa, one at Afikpo and by 2022, we will do more Empowerment in addition to what we are doing already”
Earlier in his sermon, the Pastor of Christ Embassy Church, Peter Oyeyemi charged people not to waste opportunities but to strive to touch the lives of people positively in their different capacities.
“We must use our positions to impact lives positively. Remember that the position you occupy today, you did not occupy it yesterday and you will not be there forever, so use your office to create a better tomorrow, remember that whatever we do today, our children’s children will pay for it, if you are blessed, you are supposed to be a blessing to people around you,” he stated.
Umahi later visited patients at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki and Motherless Babies Home, Nsugbe where he made cash donations in the spirit of his 58th birthday.
In their swift reactions, the CMD of AE-FETHA, Dr. Emeka Onwe and the Chairman of Nigeria Red Cross Society Motherless Babies Home, Chief Simon Nweze thanked the Governor for finding it worthy to identify with the less privileged as part of his 58th birthday.