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Umahi asks APC to vacate Ebonyi stadium for PDP presidential rally for free

David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has asked his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to choose another venue for its presidential rally so the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can use the state’s stadium for the PDP rally.

Both parties have scheduled a presidential campaign event for January 26 in Abakaliki, the state capital, and the APC had intended to hold it in the Pa Ngele Oruta Township stadium.

The governor’s communications aide, Chooks Okoh, said in a statement that Umahi had urged the APC to change the location of its rally after receiving a letter from the PDP asking to utilise the Pa Ngele Oruta Township stadium.

The opposition party agreed to pay the required costs in accordance with the state executive decree.

Okoh claims that Umahi also ordered the acting head of the state board of internal revenue to stop collecting any money from the opposition party and waived the costs.

Additionally, he gave the state commissioner of police instructions to give the PDP adequate security and instructed the commissioner for youth and sports development to give the party unrestricted access to the venue.

The facility for the Labour Party (LP) presidential event, which has yet to take place in the state, had previously received the governor’s approval.

Despite identifying himself as a member of the G-5, a group of five PDP governors who have withdrawn from the party’s presidential primary due to demands for the resignation of Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, Umahi made the gesture. According to the Cable report.

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