The Ebonyi state House of Assembly on Monday has approved the sum of over one hundred and eighty million naria (N180) to Ebonyi state independent electoral commission, EBSIEC, for the conduct of local government elections.
The election is scheduled to hold on 25th April 2020 in the 13 local government areas and in the one hundred and seventy one wards of the state.
The approval of the said sum, followed the letter written by the state governor, Chief David Umahi, requesting the house of Assembly to approve the money to enable EBSIEC in the conduct of the election.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Francis Nwifuru said that the governor’s request was decent as it would enable the commission work effectively for a credible election.
Meanwhile, since EBSIEC released timetable and guidelines for the elections, the Secretariat of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state has become beehive of activities as aspirants and supporters throng the Party’s Secretariat on daily basis to purchase nomination forms for Chairmanship and Councillorship positions.
The PDP had also faulted insinuations in some quarters over the purported endorsements of the state Governor to some serving Council chairman, stressing that the Party’s primaries would be free and fair.
The chairman of the Party, Barrister Onyekachi Nwebonyi urged all interested aspirants to pick their nomination forms, insisting that the Governor has not endorsed any particular aspirant.
Both whether there were endorsements or not, the Governor may have some of his strong allies returned as council chairmen for the sake of 2023 elections.
Some of the perceived close associates to the governor include Sunday Eze (Ishielu); Eni Uduma Chima (Afikpo North); Felix Ignore (Onicha); Ogbonnaya Use (Ivo); Nkechinyere Iyioku( Ohaozara); Chinyere Nwogbaga (Ebonyi); Barrister Clement Odah (Ohaukwu).
Besides, these council chairmen have also performed admirably and enjoy the supports of their people. The opposition All Progressives Congress in the State is still contemplating whether to participate in the election or not, as there was no sign of activities by the Party.