Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has declared his interest to run for the presidency in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umahi made this assertion about his ambition on Tuesday, January 11, during a media briefing with State House reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Governor noted that he had equally informed the President just like the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who disclosed his interest on Monday at the State House.
Umahi said the President advised him to consult widely.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of encouraging illegal oil bunkering; describing it as the major cause of the soot shortening the lives of residents of the State.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, January 10, by Emeka Beke, the River’s APC Chairman, in response to a declaration by Wike to arrest kingpins of oil bunkering activities.
Reacting, the APC said it was baffled that Governor Wike had kept mute until now; before taking such action despite the overwhelming criticism by residents and other concerned Nigerians.
According to the opposition party, “From 2015 to date, most major projects by the Rivers State Government; since its inauguration are being executed by Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd,” the APC said in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone.
“At the present peak of Julius Berger activities in Rivers State; the company consumes on the average about 300,000 litres of AGO per day. This has undeniably become one single biggest AGO consumption volume in Rivers State.
“Sadly, the entire volume of AGO is sourced from illegal refiners of the product locally called ‘kpofire’; and the reason is that Julius Berger in Rivers State buys AGO at between N220 and N240 per litre; whereas, the official ex-depot price of AGO from NIPCO; and other major importers range from N315 to N350 per litre.
“With Julius Berger buying the product from illegal refiners below-market minimum prices; a huge demand has been created for the kpofire (illegally refined) products.