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Umahi wants Buhari to contest second term

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state has expressed his support for President Muhammadu Buhari to run for the presidential election in 2019.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with the President on Thursday in Abuja, Umahi said the President was qualified to seek a second term.
The President is billed to tour the South-east region next week ahead of the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 18.
“Well, any first term governor would want to go for second term and if what you wish yourself, you should be  honest enough to wish another person the same. Since Mr. President is doing his first term and I am doing my first term, it’s my wish to re-contest and I will as  well wish the president the same to re-contest,” he said.
The governor said the state was fully prepared for the visit, adding that, “we pleaded with Mr President for the visit and before then we have been preparing, we are fully prepared.’’
He said a lot of projects have been lined up for commissioning in the state.
“We have quite a lot of projects that we have executed within this  past two and the half  years. We have three numbers of twin flyovers that is built across the African trans-atlantic road running from Enugu to Cameron passing through  Ebonyi State.
“So we have to build  three twin flyover to decongest traffic on that road, each of the twin flyover is 700 metre length. We have completed two and the third one is 80% done, Mr President will commission the two. We also have a mall what we call Ebonyi mall that is modelled after the famous Dubai mall,” he said.

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