Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi said his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state would support President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government’s programmes.
However, the governor was quick to add that supporting the president does not in any way mean that he and other members of the PDP in the state would abandon the party.
He said this when a team of PDP members in the state who paid him a condolence visit at his country home, over the death of the governor’s mother at the weekend.
Governor Umahi stressed that he would not engage in “needless opposition” against the presidency.
He said since Ebonyi State had a lot of challenges, it would make no sense for it to embark on “senseless opposition.”
Reiterating his support for President Buhari’s anti-corruption war, Umahi said he believed in the President’s honesty and commitment to bringing graft to the barest minimum level in the country.
The governor said, “a number of people who like to jump from one place to the other have been asking me and I said look, we are in PDP and we remain in PDP but we are supporting the programmes of Mr. President.
“We like what he is doing in the fight against corruption. You can see honesty in his administration and his commitment to rebuild Nigeria. I share certain virtues with him.
“We as a state will continue to support him. To oppose him is to oppose the truth but as we support him, we have to support our party, the PDP, so that together we can stand.
“We will not engage in needless opposition to the federal government. When election comes we can divide along party lines but immediately after, we can come together as a people to build the nation.
“Ebonyi State has a lot of challenges and we will not engage in senseless opposition to the central government.
“We will offer constructive opposition and advice. I believe that what people misconstrue as opposition is advice. When things are going well you need to commend, there is no need to advise or oppose.
“I want you (PDP leaders in the state) to continue to keep our party together and remain stronger.”