Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has extended a hand of friendship to his immediate predecessor, Chief Martin Elechi, by asking him to forget the past and join hands him to rebuild the state.
Umahi, who spoke during this year’s Democracy Day celebration, at the Abakaliki Township Stadium, also announced Elechi as one of the elder statesmen that would be honoured by his administration for their contributions to the development of the state.
Others that would be honoured are former Governor Sam Egwu, former governor of old Abia State, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and a former Sercretary to Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim.
Umahi said the honour would be an annual event slated for every Democracy Day to recognise great achievers of Ebonyi origin.
He said that, “This year and of course every Democracy Day, we are going to be honouring our elder statesmen who have contributed in one way or the order to the betterment of our state.
“We will not tell you what we shall honour them with, but the House of Assembly has given me the powers to do what I am set to do.”
Umahi, who served as Elechi deputy, reassured the people that all the inherited projects from various administrations, including those of Elechi’s administration, would be completed.
He asked the contractors handling the projects to relocate to their sites they still had chunks of the state’s money paid to them to execute the contracts.
It will be recalled that Elechi had strongly opposed the candidacy of Umahi as governor in preference for Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, a former Minister of Heath.
This led to a frosty relationship between governor Umahi and Elechi.