David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as his “personal friend”.
Umahi said this on Friday at a meeting with Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, his campaign team, and members of the state traditional rulers council.
The governor said Buhari as a “sitting president” deserves respect from him and that has nothing to do with politics.
Describing Ebonyi as “totally for PDP”, he said his pledge to ensure that the party wins the state at the presidential poll “is beyond any compromise.”
“Ebonyi state is PDP. Ebonyi state has always been the strongest PDP state from day one. We have come of age and our eyes are wide open and let me say sir that the president is my personal friend and it has nothing to do with politics, he is a sitting president and deserves my respect,” Umahi said.
“That has nothing to do with politics. Let nobody bring that into politics of Ebonyi state.”
On his part, the PDP presidential candidate said he is committed to promoting unity across the country.
The governor’s statement is coming two days after the state’s council of traditional rulers endorsed Buhari.
Charles Mkpuma, chairman of the council, said the president would get the support of many voters in the state at the presidential poll.