The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, who is also seeking a second term in office on the platform of the PDP, yesterday pledged a donation of N5 million to support his rival candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Sonni Ogbuoji.
According to Umahi, the money is to enable Ogbuoji repair his campaign posters and billboards across the state ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections.
The governor went ahead to instruct his Chief of Staff, Offor Okorie, to ensure the immediate release of the money.
Umahi added that the current campaign posters of the APC governorship candidate in the state and that of his running mate were not good looking.
Speaking further at Ishielu Local Government Area of the state during a campaign rally, the Governor warned his supporters not to destroy, tear or deface the campaign posters of any opposition party in the state.
“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 don’t tear their posters,” Umahi warned.
The Ebonyi state governor also used the opportunity to highlight the achievements of his administration particularly in restoring peace to trouble communities since he became governor in 2015.
“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 wasn’t 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 stated.
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