‘I won’t quarrel with my son Nwifuru’ – Umahi speaks on alleged rift with successor


The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has downplayed the possibility of a quarrel with his successor, Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State.

Umahi said he would never quarrel with Nwifuru, whom he described as ‘a worthy son.’

Reports had it that some of Umahi’s loyalists who ensured Nwifuru’s emergence are being marginalized.

The alleged marginalization is believed to be causing a rift within Umahi and Nwifuru’s camp.

However, Umahi said he had no regrets risking his life and fighting for Nwifuru’s emergence as governor.


The minister spoke in Abakaliki during a reception organised by Nwifuru in honour of former political office holders in the state.

“I have no regrets knowing and trusting him for 16 years as only few persons present can boast of relationships that last for such periods.

“The most beautiful thing is that Nwifuru knows everything we did as there was nothing such as projects that did not pass through him.

“Any one who prays not to reap where he sows should keep such prayer.

“I will not apologise to those who feel offended by my actions again because I have done so while leaving office.

“All my mistakes and successes have been inherited by Nwifuru as we made friends and enemies together.

“I urge everyone to be patient with the governor because he has good intentions to develop the state,” he said.

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