Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said that Igbo leaders are not angry with Peter Obi over his nomination as the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obi, a former Anambra State governor was recently nominated by the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 elections.
There were reports that leaders of the South East were not at home with Obi’s emergence as Atiku’s running mate.
However, during Obi’s visit to Umahi who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum on Tuesday, the latter noted that leaders of the region were not okay with the process that led to Obi’s emergence.
“Like I have said severally, nobody appoints the deputy. If somebody imposes your deputy on you, it will not work,” Umahi said.
“It is like a marriage. So, nobody is angry for anybody selecting anybody. You have already said that the Igbo leaders are not angry with you.
“But I have said that I cannot repent of what I have said before. I had said it severally that the process is not okay with us.
“I have fought the battle before now and I am still fighting it. And that created some illusion in our minds.”
He added that “Some Igbo leaders understood it and those who did not understand they have the right not to because my fear is that if this is happening without explanation, I do not know what will happen when we go to the poll.
“Because we just went to the poll and came back and this is what we are getting.
“That you nominated our son is our right because in every meeting I said that we will support the candidate who is ready to give us the vice presidential candidate.
“It must also be understood that southeast has so much been frustrated and marginalised. We have been chased out of all our rights and positions.”