Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his desire to run for President in the upcoming general elections.
According to Leadership, the politician revealed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday after meeting with President Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
Umahi asserted President Buhari had advised him to seek advice from a variety of sources.
Umahi’s visit to inform President Buhari of his presidential ambition comes exactly 24 hours after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), paid a similar visit to the President.
Tinubu, who paid a visit to Buhari yesterday, had stated that becoming Nigeria’s president had been a lifelong ambition of his.
He also stated that he had the confidence, vision, and ability to build on the current President’s vision.
Tinubu said he was at the White House to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari about general Nigerian issues, including some of the APC’s concerns as well as security concerns.
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“I have informed the President of my ambition but I have not informed Nigerians yet, I am still consulting,” he said when asked if he has informed President Buhari of his desire to run for President in 2023.
“As for the kingmaker’s cap,” he explained, “I’ve never seen a kingmaker’s cap before.”
“That is the truth, and I have never seen anywhere in the world where it is written in the rule book that a kingmaker cannot be a king – unless they commit murder.”
“So, whatever attribute you have of me is your own opinion.” Without the title of kingmaker, I want to pursue my ambition. You can create literature and stories based on your own personal experiences.
“He (Buhari) is a democrat,” says one observer. He didn’t ask me to come to a halt. He didn’t tell me not to try and achieve my lifelong goal. So, what makes me think he’ll say more than that? You are in charge of a democratic regime, and you must adhere to democratic principles, values, and virtues. That’s all there is to it.”