Nigeria: Why We Have Fierce Political Battles in Ebonyi – Umahi

Governor Umahi announces the appointment as his aides, all former LGA chairmen and secretaries who defected from the PDP to the APC with him.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has attributed the fierce political battles recorded in the state to people’s “over dependence on politics” as means of livelihood.

Mr Umahi said this on Wednesday in Abakaliki during a send-off organised by the state in honour of the Nigerian Ambassador-designate to Zambia, Nwanne Ominyi.

He said most people in the state had no other job than politics, adding that the situation stemmed from people’s deficient background.

He said: “I have realised that the background was not right from the time our leaders sojourned from Anambra, Imo, Abia, Enugu before the state was created in 1996.

“This has made the battle of politics in the state fierce. But we are doing everything within our powers to change the narrative.

“We can no longer depend on the government and allocation from the Federation Account for survival,” he said.

Mr Umahi congratulated Mr Ominyi, who hails from Ebonyi, over his appointment, describing it as “President Muhammadu Buhari’s show of love to the state”.

“There is nothing we have asked the president that he has not done for us.

“I saw the fantastic work being done on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway and declared that no one has ever done such for the South-east zone.