The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, on Thursday, pledged the sum of N5 million, as support to his rival in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, in the 2019 general elections.
The donation, Umahi said, is to enable Ogbuoji and his running-mate, in the March 2 Governorship election, change his posters and billboards across the State, with better ones.
Umahi, who subsequently ordered his Chief of Staff, Offor Okorie, to release the money immediately to the APC Gubernatorial Candidate, said that he was constrained to make the donation, because the campaign posters of the APC Governorship hopeful and his running mate were not good looking. He then warned his supporters against tearing or defacing the campaign posters of the opposition parties in the State, in Ishielu Local Government Area of the State, while addressing a crowd of his supporters, during a campaign rally that held in the premises of the Council Headquarters.
“I want to donate N5 million, to assist them to change their pictures. For the sake of the image of Ebonyi State, let them change those posters and billboards. People will think that is how Ebonyi people look like. I want the Chief of Staff to release the money immediately to them. We ask our people not to tear the posters of any other political party. PDP is on the ground. If you meet them, do not tear their posters”, Umahi warned.
Umahi however, stressed that he was happy that his administration was able to restore peace in the war-torn Ezza/Ezzilo communities, an inter-communal war, which claimed several lives and properties.
“When we were campaigning in 2015, this land was so challenged. The land was full of blood, and the anger of God came upon the land and the entire Ebonyi State. And when we were campaigning, we made a promise that we were going to restore peace. It was not by pride, but by the grace of God. As soon as God did it for us, we set out a Peace Committee, under the leadership of Fr. Nwali. And so, it is an opportunity to be grateful to God. We came and planted trees of peace, and ever since then, through the prayers of our Traditional Rulers, Spiritual Fathers and Lords, Elders and sons and daughters of the State, we have peace in the land of Ishielu.
“We have peace to the extent that Ibeto is now concluding the fabrication of NIGERCEM cement machines. To the extent that NIGERCEM road is built on concrete, to the extent that seven bridges are springing up along that road. To the extent that Agba/Ntezi/Isu road is being awarded now, and will soon start this month. To the extent that we have two more autonomous communities in this land; to the extent that we have our General Hospital in this Local Government completely renovated. To the extent that the NYSC, not only that they have returned, but they are ‘Atikulated’; to the extent that we are building new Schools; we are renovating the Ezillo Water Scheme. There is no alternative to peace”, he added.
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