Umahi said there is nothing to worry about regarding the delayed inauguration of the presidential campaign council as there are still many months before the 2023 general elections.
Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu is alive and does not need to show any proof of life.
During an interview on Channels TV on Monday, which was monitored by SaharaReporters, Umahi said there is nothing to worry about regarding the delayed inauguration of the presidential campaign council as there are still many months before the 2023 general elections.
"Nobody is totally well and nobody is totally sick, that's one point. Nigerians are so petty; some of us are so petty. A man that's doing his workout is being videoed and circulated around social media without his knowledge and so a man that has life does not need to show any proof of life. Asiwaju has life and he doesn't need to show any proof of life and you can see that.
"Some of the people talking about the health of the leader of a country do not even know where their own bus stop is coming," he said.
Reacting to the rallies held by Obi-Dients, supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, which seem to be gaining momentum in several parts of the country, he said rallies do not guarantee victory at the polls.
He, however, added that the APC will soon start its rallies as well.
"We have many months to the election and we have many months for campaign; the first to start does not translate to first to finish. The APC is a bank and they are coming up with their programmes and it will soon happen," he said.
He also said the Peoples Democratic Party has no structures in Ebonyi state and does not come even come second in the ranking.
He said, "Every state is built around the performances of the governor, I have performed and it is not about the party, it is about the leadership of the state. But let me inform you and assure you that there's no PDP in Ebonyi state.
“You have witnessed a number for our programmes of late; you have seen the number of people that came out so the PDP should not even talk they are not even second in ranking in Ebonyi state so there's nothing like structure."
Speaking on ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), he said the Nigerian government cannot cough up the money demanded by the striking university lecturers.
He, therefore, advised the government and ASUU to shift grounds and allow students to return to class.
He also said that ASUU should be ready to pay the price for going on strike and should not be insisting on being paid for months they did not work for.
"My position is the case in court is not at all the issue of paying for months not worked for. It is also not an issue but as a former businessman, I should also emphasise that before you go on strike, you have to get prepared.
“You have to make sacrifices. Results are made by making sacrifices so you can't be insisting that you have to be paid for the seven months you didn't work otherwise at every flimsy excuse, you must go on strike. After all, you lose nothing and so who are the people losing - the parents and the students?
"On the issue of ‘No work, No pay’, it's a delicate issue. It's something that should be discussed behind the scene because we shouldn't encourage that kind of situation we should reach an amicable position that the public should not be aware of, that only the ASUU leadership and the FG should be aware of."