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People I helped to power now avoid me – Dave Umahi

Minister of Works, David Umahi, has said that most people he assisted to ascend to political positions during the 2023 general election now avoid him.

He stated this on Thursday while addressing journalists in Abakaliki, Ebonyi while poining accusing fingers at members of the legislature.

Umahi said lawmakers whom he helped power are among those who now avoid him, stressing that he is however, not disturbed by their behaviour.

The minister further saud that the situation made him stop having political godsons as he has instead chosen to have political friends.

Umahi 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. I will fight anybody who makes trouble with the governor because he deserves our respect. I have done my bit, have left the stage and have to respect myself.

“I am however, not available for such [crises between the predecessors and successors] 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 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.”