Umahi the State Governor of Ebonyi has declared that All Progressive Congress, APC has not been granted permission to use Pa Ngele Oruta Stadium, Abakaliki for mega rally to be held on Saturday, August 4.
The State Governor Umahi said this at a media briefing after a meeting with heads of security agencies in Abakaliki on Friday, stating further that, two groups had requested for the same venue at the same date.
“You cannot be at war over your property as the stadium is not Federal Government or APC property with both not contributing in any way to renovate it.”
“I have the right not to give them the stadium in the first place and why should I give it to them when they do not acknowledge it?
“They would not have seen it to be good to use if I left it the way the preceding government did but they should realize that wonders are happening in Ebonyi.”
The Governor expressed further that he had neither insulted any APC stakeholder or President Muhammadu Buhari, so he would not allow them to insult him at the stadium.
“I would not allow them to ride through the good roads we constructed and mount on our stadium to insult me because they might be attacked.”
“I have told heads of security agencies to warn the leaders of the APC faction seeking to hold its rally on Saturday, not ignite crisis in the state through their utterances.”
On the other hand, APC Chairman in Ebonyi state, Chief Nwachukwu Eze conveyed that the party would use the stadium on Saturday for the rally because it belongs to all citizens of the stae.
“The Eagle Square in Abuja is used by both the APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the stadium in Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s hometown is used by other political parties.”
He furher posited that, “the government cannot say that the stadium is undergoing reconstruction because it was one of the projects listed for commissioning by President Buhari during his visit to the state in November 2017.”