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Dave Umahi joins race for 2023 presidential election

January 11th 2022, 5:16:48 pm

Umahi will hope to beat other aspirants like former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, to the APCs ticket.

Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi (right) has told President Muhammadu Buhari (left) he wants to succeed him in 2023 [Presidency]

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has officially announced his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

The 58-year-old told State House correspondents he informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his ambition during a meeting between the duo on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Umahi was first elected governor in 2015, and hopes to be inaugurated as president immediately his second term ends in May 2023.

He dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Buhari's party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in 2020.

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His Tuesday declaration follows closely on the heels of a similar one by the APC's national leader, Bola Tinubu, who also met with the president on Monday, January 10.

The two will battle for the APC ticket alongside others that are expected to officially declare in the coming weeks, including Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has also been rumoured to be considering a run, but he's likely to shelve his ambition due to his close links with Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor.

The president to succeed Buhari is expected to be a southerner, based on an unwritten agreement to rotate power of the Federal Government between the south and the north.

Fidelity to the agreement has become a hot topic of debate, by aspirants like Governor Bello; and the APC and PDP are yet to officially decide where to zone their tickets.

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