By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
ABAKALIKI—Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, has challenged his opponents in the governorship race, to declare their health status for the people to know if they are ready to lead.
The governor, threw the challenge during a flag off ceremony of his governorship campaign, ahead of 2019 general elections held at Ikwo local government area of the state.
Umahi, who was excited over the mobilization and mammoth crowd that greeted the occasion, charged the people and PDP party faithful to be steadfast in their supports to all the PDP candidates, as this would ensure total victory for the Party in the forthcoming general elections.
The governor, who revealed at the campaign flag off that supporters of the oppositions Parties are working with him as they always come back to brief him after their routine midnight meetings,stressed that no body will ever try to rig election in the state as people will resist such plan.
On why he chose Ikwo local government area for the flag off of his campaign, Umahi, said, he flagged off his 2015 campaign in Ikwo local government area and emerged victorious,and would want history to repeat itself, as one good turn deserves another.
According to him, “We started our flag off in 2015 from Ikwo,even when your son was in the position as a Governor, and did not support us, we still got over 90%. I don’t want to waste our time mentioning what we have done in Ikwo.
“In the next one Month we will have 1000 KVA Bio plant. The bridge from Oferekpe to Cross River,is undergoing soil testing. We are getting those who did Oferekpe water scheme to come back.
“Those masquerading that they are contesting against us, lack moral justification to waste their time. Everyone that is supporting PDP must vote for PDP candidates.
“Ikwo has three commissioners and two from my place. I am telling you that appointment will not be based on that, but on support for all PDP candidates”.
Also speaking, the state Deputy Governor, Dr Kelechi Igwe, said Ikwo people will deliver 99.9 votes to PDP, and announced the donation of a brand new sienna bus by Ikwo people in support of Governor Umahi’s re-election bid.
The leader of the decampees and former APC senatorial candidate for Ebonyi central in 2015, Chief Vincent Anyingo,who spoke on behalf of others,said they were over 5000 APC members from Ikwo that defected to PDP, following Umahi’s giant strides in the state.
Highlight of the occasion was the issuing of a ten million naira(N10,000,000) cheque by Governor Umahi to each of the over 140 autonomous communities, to embark on any project of their choice.