Ebonyi governor, Umahi, donates N5m to APC governorship candidate

.says contesting against me doesn’t make anyone an enemy

By Felix Uka, Abakaliki

The Ebonyi State Governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state, David Umahi,
yesterday, Thursday, donated N5 million to his opponent, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Sunny Ogbuorji, to enable him change his posters and billboards
with good ones.
Umahi explained that the “badly printed billboards” were defacing the
environment the state government laboured to beautify.
The governor said that contesting election against him did not make anyone an enemy.
Umahi made the donation at Ishielu Local Government Area, while addressing the crowd in a rally he organized to canvass for votes in the area.
He explained that he was constrained to make the donation because the posters of the APC guber candidate and his running mate, Justin Ogodo, were not good for the image of the state.
The governor directed his Chief of Staff, Dr. Offor Okorie, to release the money immediately to Ogbuorji and his running mate.
The gesture was however opposed by the PDP supporters in the rally who immediately chanted: "No! no! no! no! to show their disagreement with the governor.
"Tell my brother, the one who said he is contesting governor with the so-called deputy to change their pictures (referring to their posters).
People will think that is how Ebonyi people look like.
"I want to donate N5m to assist them change their pictures. For the sake of the image of Ebonyi state; let them change those posters and
billboards. I want the Chief of staff to release the money immediately
to them", Umahi said.
He also warned PDP supporters against attacking members of opposition or tearing their posters or billboards, saying, they are so insignificant and should not be given unnecessary attention.
Umahi also said that he was impressed by the massive turnout of people in the rally and commended the stakeholders of the area for the feat.
He recalled that in 2015 when he came to Ishielu to seek for their
Votes.
"There was alot of blood shade caused by the Ezillo and Ezza Ezillo communal war but today it has become a history as absolute peace has returned to the area,” he said.

He explained that peace was made possible through prayers from the clergy.
The governor said that there was no alternative to peace because without the return of peace in Ishielu LGA his administration would not have achieved what he did in the area.
He told the cheering crowd to vote for all PDP candidates including the party's presidential candidate and his running mate.
"Ebonyi State is PDP. Vote for our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; vote for Peter Obi (okwute ndi Igbo), our vice Presidential candidate; vote all the PDP candidates. There is no division in PDP South East. South East is totally PDP,” Umahi urged the crowd.
He said that he was confident that Ishielu people would deliver all PDP candidates in upcoming general elections.

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