The Prelate of Methodist Church, Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Uche, has disclosed that he instructed his members across the country to vote for performing governors during the last general elections.
Uche, who made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abakaliki during a courtesy visit to Governor David Umahi, said his instruction was without regard to any party.
The prelate said the message was passed through his bishops, adding that one of those governors he instructed his members to return was Umahi.
He said: “What I have seen in Ebonyi is beyond expectation as the governor is an uncommon transformer who has achieved much with the available meagre resources.
“I am among the South East caucus and if we want to project anybody for the president from the zone, Umahi will be the one.
“We should project ourselves as Ibo people.
“Although I will not mention names, there are governors we are ashamed to say come from Igboland.
“I am a core Igbo man and I am ready to defend their cause always and condemn issues of marginalisation and stigmatisation against them because not every Igbo man is bad.
“We have respectable Igbo citizens and if the Federal Government wants peace and progress of the country, Igbos should be brought to the forefront of government.”
The cleric noted that he was the first Igbo man to occupy the position of the head of Methodist Church in Nigeria, 175 years after the establishment of the church.
Uche said: “We are in Ebonyi on an apostolic visit to the grassroots to see our members and empower them, the affluent, the not too affluent and the less-privileged among others.
“We will also pray for them to have divine touch in their lives for the desired peace, progress and spiritual uplift.”
Umahi, who was represented his deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, thanked the Prelate for the visit, noting that the state was privileged to have him.
He said: “I will say that if you hadn’t the call of God, then you have the call of most of us in this temple of politicking.
“I am, however, happy that that you are deploying the divine call effectively in propagating the gospel as no one will listen to you without being convinced about what you believe in.”
The governor, who said that the state had the potentials of becoming the best economy in the country, called for prayers from the prelate to attain the goal.