The Governor of Ebonyi State Engr. David Umahi, has assured the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party that the people of the state would cast their vote for Atiku come the 16th February polls.
He made this known at the party’s presidential campaign held on Friday at the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Stadium in Abakaliki, where over 200,000 Ebonyians gathered to demonstrate their support for the PDP Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,
Umahi stated that:
“We have never had another party in the state and PDP in the state has performed. So, we want to assure you that by the reason of what God has started in Ebonyi State, we will massively vote PDP. Ebonyi State will vote for Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, Ebonyi State will vote for all the National Assembly members, they will vote for me and all House of Assembly members.
“Let me ask mischief makers, those who are doubting the authenticity of Ebonyi State as the headquarters of PDP in the country, they should go and deliver their state. They should leave us alone. This is the highest mobilisation of PDP so far throughout the nation. So, let it not be ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’. We are PDP. Mischief makers should go and deliver their states. Our state is intact. And it is intact for PDP.”
In his address, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, assured the people of Ebonyi State that they will not be marginalised in his government. He urged the people of Ebonyi not to be deceived, saying that there is no party like PDP.
Atiku noted that:
“Having said that, I want to use this opportunity to promise you that Ebonyi will never again be marginalised in the federal government. And to the people of the South-east let me tell you I don’t know what will happen in future, but this is your best time. Do you know why I said so, you will have a vice-president from South-east and you’ll have the wife of the vice-president who is also a South-easterner. Which means you have two over three.
“Let me tell you I have been to many states in Nigeria, I have not seen a mobilisation and organisation like this. I want to single out Governor David Umahi, no wonder you are referred to as Mr Construction. I have been travelling round all over the country, this is the only state where they construct road with concrete. It means your roads are going to be a lifetime road, it is only somebody like Umahi that can do that.”
The National Chairman of the party Uche Secondus called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, from the February 16th general election for allegedly importing foreign mercenaries to influence the elections.
Secondus described as shameful, the incidents in Kano on Thursday during the APC presidential campaign where governors and other mercenaries from neighbouring countries especially Niger Republic attended the rally and openly campaigned for the president.
He said such actions showed that the APC intends to import more foreign nationals into the country to influence the elections and called on INEC to disqualify the party from the elections.
He said a vote for Atiku Abubakar is a vote for freedom from poverty, hunger and insecurity.
Also speaking at the event was the Director General of the campaign and Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki, who urged the teeming supporters to vote for Atiku because he has the wherewithal to attract investment to the country.
Saraki stressed that the only way to end hunger, unemployment, insecurity is by voting Atiku, noting that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not know how to create jobs.
Also present at the event were the members of Ebonyi State Executive council, clerics, traditional rulers and different support groups.