*Urges supporters to resist arrest
By Oginyi Ruth
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has alleged that the opposition All Progressives Congress and its candidate in the state in the March, 2nd governorship election have perfected plans to arrest his supporters ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Umahi, however, urged his supporters and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to resist unwarranted arrest, intimidation and harassment before, during and after the elections.
The governor disclosed this on Tuesday during a political rally in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state.
He alleged that APC was currently writing fictitious petitions against his supporters and that plans have been perfected to commence massive arrest beginning from Wednesday (6 Feb. 2019)
He made this known on Tuesday during political rally in Ezza South,local government area of the state.
He equally warned members of the PDP in the state to shun violence and avoid destruction of campaign posters and billboards of candidates of opposition parties in the elections.
“You see APC people are not campaigning, what are they busy doing? They are writing petitions to come and start arrest tomorrow in Ikwo and Izzi. You must be very law abiding, tear no poster, no violence, do not do any cultism. But on trump up charges, they write petitions that they come from Abuja, resist arrest. Unwarranted arrest, resist it because we will fight all injustices.
“Those who think they can rig elections with security agencies, shame unto them. It will not work. You see, this life is only but once and it is better to die than to live like a coward. Breakdown the bridges, block the roads, we will build them.
“We will resist unwarranted arrest in Ebonyi state, we will do that. Be courageous. We say no to unwarranted arrest, we say no to intimidation, we say no to harassment, we say no to rigging”, he said.
On the high number of uncollected permanent voters’ card in the state, the Governor mandated the 13 local government chairmen to locate the owners of over 199,000 Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) unclaimed in the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We have over 199,000 permanent Voters cars(PVC) unclaimed, when I learnt of it last night i lost some sleep, I have told the chairmen you must fish out our father’s, Mother’s, brother’s and sister’s to claim this PVC in 3days so that it will not form a tool in the hands of our enemies” he added.