Over five hundred Students from various tertiary institutions in Ebonyi state yesterday protested along major high ways in the state, advocating for free, fair and credible council elections scheduled to hold 25th April 2020.
The students who tricked from Eziangbo junction to Ohaukwu council headquarters, 135, located along Abakaliki- Enugu, protesting along the express ways, however tasked the Ebonyi state independent electoral commission, EBSIEC, to ensure transparent elections.
The students were carrying placards with the following inscriptions: we need free and fair local government elections in Ebonyi, we need peace in Ohaukwu council elections, we stand with Odah reelection, only Odah we need and no one else, Odah is our consensus candidate 2020, etc.
The leader of the protesting students, Comrade Angel Odono who spoke to Journalists in Abakaliki, shortly after their peaceful protest and rally said students in Ebonyi state will not tolerate any form of irregularities in the forthcoming council elections in the state
According to her” the students came together and decided that they want to protest against any fowl play in the forthcoming elections. We also decided to support the incumbent chairman of Ohaukwu council area, Barr. Clement Odah. We deemed it to necessary to endorse him for second tenure because he is the first and only council chairman to pay students bursary awards.
“He is the only chairman that appointed many students are his S.As and T.As. He has eradicated poverty among the youths of the council area, through the release of huge sum of money to them every month.
“We are soliciting the state government and people that matters in the state, that we want a free, fair and credible local government election.
“We know that the governor, Engr. David Umahi can give us a peaceful and credible polls come April 25th 2020. We don’t need those who go through the back door to get power. You can see the number of students who came out to protest against this type of process” she stated.
The students who later converged at the Ohaukwu council headquarters, also donated and presented a cheque of two hundred thousand naria to the chairman, Barr. Clement Odah to support his reelection bid.
Responding, the Chairman Barr. Clement Odah commended the students for their courage to donate such amount of money for his reelection bid.
He tasked them to eschew any form of violence during the polls, assuring of his preparedness to win in the forthcoming elections.
“I refused to be provoked by the comments of my opponents. I have never made any fowl comments against my opponents because I know that power belongs to God.
“I am not worried because I know God has already written my certificate of returns as the next chairman of Ohaukwu council area” he stated.