NASS Members I Helped To Power Now Avoid Me — Umahi

David Umahi, Minister of Works, has said that most people he assisted to get to political power during the 2023 general polls now avoid him.

Speaking with newsmen in Abakaliki on Thursday, he said, even National Assembly (NASS) members whom he helped to power were among those who now avoid him.

Stressing that he was not disturbed by their behaviour, he said: “It is only Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi who will openly acknowledge that I am his father and boss. The others feel that by doing so, the state governor, my successor, will be angry with them.

“The governor cannot do that because he too openly acknowledges that I was instrumental to his emergence.”

Umahi, according to News Agency of Nigeria, added that the development made him stop having political godsons but has opted for political friends.

“I will fight anybody who makes trouble with the Governor because he deserves our respect.

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“I have done my bit, have left the stage and have to respect myself,” he said.

Umahi said usually there were crises between the predecessors and successors, adding: “I am however, not available for such because I have been so blessed in life by God.

“There are always pathways to successes and failures and when you dig for someone to fail, you have already failed.”

The Minister however vowed to stick with State Governor Francis Nwifuru for eight years and thanked God for giving the Governor the grace to unite all the leaders of the state.

“The issue of the leaders staying together for long is not our business but I have known the governor for 16 years and will continue to support him.

“I will never regret making him my successor, as he, alongside a few others, stood with me during the hard decision of defecting to the APC,” Umahi added.