Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has said he is ready for the political intrigues that will herald the battle for elective position in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He said this on Monday while vowing to ensure the re-election of the state and federal lawmakers from Afikpo North and Ezza South Local Government Area of the state during a courtesy visit by stakeholders from both councils.
While noting that the move was in the best interest of all, he said there was no vacancy in state House of Assembly and National Assembly positions in both councils, and that those aspiring for the positions should wait for 2023.
“I am a man of war and ready to war in ensuring that the present occupiers of the positions are re-elected in 2019.
“We all came together on the platform of divine mandate and would complete the mandates together.
“When we all finish our tenures, I will force the present occupiers to vacate the seats to ensure that other aspirants realise their ambitions.
“Those presently aspiring for the positions should prepare for us to be re-elected so that they would occupy such positions in 2023,” he said.
The governor pledged that his administration would construct a bridge to connect Ndibe Beach in Afikpo North with neigbouring Cross River.
“I am happy that the national assembly members from the area ensured that the project was captured in the 2018 national budget but if it is not implemented, we would construct it.
“We would also dualise the Abakaliki—Afikpo federal highway alongside that of Abakaliki-Enugu and construct tollgates on them,” he said.
He also promised to construct another 5km of internal ring roads in Ezza South because he was satisfied with the quality of the one already constructed in the area.