Ahead of the 2023 election Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE),Ajaokuta branch, Wednesday backed Ebonyi State Governor, Engr David Umahi for presidency.
The group said Governor Umahi has all it takes to seek and perform exceedingly well as the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
The Engineers spoke in Abakaliki during a visit to the governor
The branch Chairman, Engr Abraham Aghadike, who led the team said they were amazed by the extent of infrastructural development that had taken place in Ebonyi State in less than seven years of Umahi’s administration.
“We are amazed by the sheer magnitude of infrastructural development that has taken place in Ebonyi State in less than seven years. In fact, even as Engineers that we are, who are conversant with designs and construction of major projects, but I must say that the scale and scope of what we are seeing here, truly stagers our imagination. We are very proud of the laudable achievement of His Excellency, Engr David Nweze Umahi.
“I must say, sir, you are a worthy ambassador of the engineering profession. Your Excellency, permit to say that today, you have ascended into the realm of a legend. The name, David Umahi,has become a phenomenon, it is no longer a name of a person, it represents a phenomenon. We have heard all the exploits of Ebonyi State, but like the Queen of Sheba, we believed not the words. But until I came and my eyes have seen it and behold a half was not told to me.
“We, the members of NSE, Ajaokuta branch, are not unaware of the higher calling of your Excellency, it’s the opinion of so many of us in this delegation that what you have done in one place should be replicated in other places.
“On that note, your Excellency, please, permit me to say, we are fully behind you in this higher calling that you seek. We believe that you have every credential to seek and perform exceedingly well in the higher office in this country.
“We are just saying, give us the word, and we will follow. We don’t know how to come in, we don’t know what to do, but we like what we have seen and we are ready to be part of it. In as much as we are a professional body, we are ready to front our fellow professional to seek a higher office in the land,” Aghadike said.
Asked shortly after the courtesy call, why the branch endorsed Umahi’s bid while their State Governor, Bello, is aspiring to be the next president, he said, “we didn’t really come to endorse governor Umahi. But Like the Queen of Sheba said, we have come, we have seen and we are convinced. Whoever that is aspiring for a higher office, show us your work, if you have faith that it’s good.
“I’m not speaking on behalf of NSE, but as a home boy, and my members have said, this needs to be replicated elsewhere, that’s why we said, Governor Umahi will be better, first and foremost, as an Engineer, and secondly, from his antecedents as a Governor.”
In a response, Umahi thanked them for acknowledging the modest achievements of his administration.
Represented by the deputy Governor, Dr Kelechi Igwe, the Governor charged them to lead the campaign for the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Company.