Ebonyi Governor David Umahi has anointed Speaker Francis Nwifuru to succeed him in 2023.
Umahi endorsed Nwifuru during the internment of father of Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Barrister Chioma Nweze in Okposi on Saturday.
He expressed hope the Speaker would consolidate on the divine mandate leadership in the State.
Umahi appealed to people of Ebonyi South to support the Speaker for the sake of equity, justice and fairness.
“To Okposi people and people of Ebonyi State, I present to you the choice of the people in the person of the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru and I want Ebonyi South people to know that when it was the turn of Ebonyi South, an Abakaliki man was contesting and the Abakaliki people said no, so it is the time to pay them back.
“I want to assure you that this Divine Mandate we came with would continue and when this man comes onboard we would not turn left and right from Divine Mandate.
“So fear not, there is nobody that is thrown up by God that the people would not criticise.
“If people do not accept the sacrifices you are making, God will not disregard it. You can see that his children are very successful, some are Doctors, some are Lawyers, etc.
“2023 has to be ticking of the box, it will not be about promises, if you say you will do B, we have to ask you to prove how you will do A.
“In all honesty, it is my performance and that of others that APC will use to do their campaign.”