By Amauche Agbo, Abakaliki
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said Mohammed Buhari International Airport in the State would enhance adequate security, economic development and as well ease means of transportation especially their agricultural produce.
Umahi stated this at the Muhammadu Buhari International Airport, Onueke, Ebonyi state shortly after arriving the state from Abuja on his one week official tour in the Country.
He noted that the airport would help them to do direct import and export both within and outside the Country.
The Governor who disclosed that he decided to step-down his senate Presidency ambition for Senator Godswill Akpabio, added that he did so in the overall interest of the country.
He expressed optimism that the President-elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu would reward Southeast zone with other tangible positions for sacrificing the Senate Presidency seat, expressed hope in the incoming President’s favourable disposition to give the Southeast other juicy positions in his government.
According to him “The president-elect who is going to be the leader of the Party called me, and I consider it an honour for him to have called me, because I consulted him while he was in Paris, and he said we were going to discuss about it.
So, when he came back, he called me”
“And I accepted for the interest of Southeast.
“Let it not be as if we are in opposition all the time.
“Politics is all about dialogue; give and take.
“Since we did not get that, we will get something else that is very tangible”.
Governor Umahi noted that Senator Akpabio at present enjoys majority support of the senators elect, contrary to insinuations in some quarters.
Asked about the support of Senators for Akpabio, Umahi maintained
“I am not yet a senator, but if you say senators-elect, the majority of them I know, are with Akpabio, and I am Akpabio’s campaign coordinator.
“So, if you are talking about the existing senators, may be, but I am not aware.”
On the question of being appointed Minister of Works based on his superlative infrastructural performance as a governor, Umahi said:
” I have worked so hard, and I feel it’s the time to rest.
“Since I am not senate President, I think it is the time to rest.
“So, I leave that to the President-elect; I leave that to my destiny; I leave that to Southeast; I leave that to the leaders of APC.
“Whatever be the will of God for me and for Southeast, let it come true.
“But if it is for me, I would say that I prefer to be in the Senate, I prefer to rest.
“But if it is a sacrifice I have to make for the interest of Southeast, for the interest of the country, and for the President elect, so be it.
“But I won’t struggle for it; I won’t ask for it.” He concluded