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Chief David Umahi, the Governor and Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State, yesterday caused controversies on social media as he signed the sum of N5 million as support to his rival in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Sonni Ogbuoji.
While campaigning a the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state, he addressed the crowd and told them the reasons he made the donations.
Umahi said the donation was for Ogbuoji and his running mate to change all the posters and billboards in the state before the election on March 2, 2019.
The Governor’s action came as a surprise to everyone including his aids. However, he ordered his Chief of Staff, Offor Okorie, to release the money immediately to the APC Guber candidate. He said the campaign posters of the APC’s Guber candidate is demeaning.
He also warned his supporters to stay away from the APC poster and not tear them down.
Umahi added that if his supporters tear down posters of his rival, it will cause a break down of law and order and would destroy some of the good work that his administration has worked hard to accomplish.
Umahi statement reads: “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.
Umahi also spoke about the relative peace his administration achieved in the war-torn Ezza/Ezzilo communities, an inter-communal war which claimed several lives and properties.
He said: “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.”