- The governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, has said that candidates should not expect favouritism during PDP House of Assembly primaries in the state
- He said he and the party would not favour candidates during the primaries
- The governor, however, noted that the only exceptions were the speaker and the deputy speaker
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has said that his administration and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not favour any candidate during the PDP House of Assembly primaries in the state.
Umahi made this statement on Monday, May 21 at Ezillo, Ishiellu local government area of Ebonyi state during a solidarity rally in his honour.
The governor had earlier at several fora, canvassed for the re-election of all the House members, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Umahi, however, noted that the only exceptions were the speaker and the deputy speaker with all the contestants required to organise rallies in their constituencies to test their popularity.
He said: “We are appealing to the ‘divine mandate’ (political structure) for peaceful primaries because we are not going to stop anybody from contesting. Continuity will, however, benefit Ebonyi people but we are not going to impose unpopular candidates on the people during the elections.
“I will attend the rallies you are going to organise individually because it is not only the delegates that will elect you during the primaries."
Umahi said that his vote during the election would be tied to those of the House of Assembly contestants and the masses needed not to be disfranchised in the process.
The governor said: “We will support any contestant that mobilises the greatest number of people because I don’t want to take risks during the election. You should therefore, go back to the field and mobilise the people and not go to sleep because the governor has endorsed you."
He said the elders of the state would sit and decide on the National Assembly positions to avoid possible crises.
Umahi added: “We will not allow the other parties to benefit from our situation but ensure that all matters concerning the positions are resolved amicably without rancour. I thank the people of Ishiellu for the reception and commend them for maintaining the peace we instituted in the area, especially at the Ezillo and Ezza-Ezillo communities."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi said he was ready to ensure the re-election of the state and federal lawmakers from Afikpo north and Ezza south local government area of the state.
Umahi made the statement on Monday, January 1, at Uburu, Ohaozara area of Ebonyi when stakeholders from both councils paid him a homage, noting that the move was in the best interest of all.
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