The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday hinted that he may not vote for the presidential candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, come 2019.
Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ forum, said the state would vote for a presidential candidate that would help develop the it irrespective of the person or his political affiliation.
Speaking during a meeting with traditional rulers and town union Presidents in Abakaliki, the state capital, Umahi insisted that the state will not play politics of sentiments in the 2019 presidential election.
According to Umahi, “When it comes to presidency, we no dey do part.
“It is the man that will help us to develop this state, that’s the man we will support. But for governorship, national assembly and state assembly don’t go there.
“Nobody will touch it. for presidency, we will negotiate, we will like the person to discuss with our traditional rulers as stakeholders.”
Calling on the traditional rulers to mobilise residents for Saturday’s local government and councillorship elections, he noted that the state was targeting one million voters in the election.
He said, “As traditional rulers, we cannot tell you to vote for this party or that party but you have the responsibility to knack the gong and make it compulsory that nobody goes to market, nobody goes to farm on the election day.
“You have to go and knack the gong and you have powers and authority to do that. In the north, it is the traditional rulers that determine the course of politics and I will give you people that role. So, don’t shy away from politics for the peace of Ebonyi state.”