Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has debunked rumors that he has stepped down for his follow aspirant, Ahmed Lawan, ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential primary.
Umahi, stated this yesterday in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze.
He explained that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, in a last-ditch effort to ramp up partnership ahead of the APC Presidential Primary, visited the governor in his Abuja residence on Saturday where they both promised to support whoever amongst the two or any other who emerged the flagbearer of the Party in the Primary.
He maintained there was no time during the visit that the issue of stepping down by either Umahi or the Senate President was discussed or even suggested.
“Without much Ado, I make the following clarifications to guide the teeming supporters of Engineer Umahi, members and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Nigerians at large.
“The news item is totally false in context and content. This raises a question mark about the credibility of the source of such fallacy, what never took place which is capable of putting Engineer Umahi’s aspiration in jeopardy.
“It, therefore, becomes a serious concern how the Arise Television got themselves enmeshed in this kind of professional miscarriage of reality without verifying the authenticity or otherwise of their news source.
“The teeming supporters of Engineer Umahi across Nigeria and beyond are encouraged to disregard the ill-fated news item which is by all standards fake, and go about their solidarity on the assurance that His Excellency the Governor is still very much in the race to develop Nigeria, God willing, he will emerge in the Sunday Presidential Primary of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress”, he added.