Executive Order: Umahi Waives Prescribed Fee, Grants PDP Free Use of State Facility for Rally.

Source: Oswald Agwu, Abakaliki.

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, has granted the People's Democratic Party free use of the State Stadium facility for its Presidential Campaign rally.

The Governor's directive was contained in a release Saturday by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Strategy Chooks Oko, made available to newsmen.

The PDP presidential rally for the State is slated for Thursday, January 26, 2023.

According to Oko, the PDP in a letter addressed to the Governor, titled: "Notice of Presidential Rally of the People's Democratic Party in Ebonyi State" ,dated 20th January, 2023, had requested the use of the Pa Ngele Oruta Township stadium, accepting to pay the prescribed fees in line with the operative Executive Order in the State.

He noted that the Governor in a response waived the fees and directed the Acting Chairman of the State Board of Internal Revenue not to collect any fee from the Party.

The release also quoted the Governor's directive to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development to grant the Party unhindered access to the facility.

Oko further noted that the Governor, in order to grant the PDP the space for its rally, also appealed to his Party, the All Progressives Congress to move its campaign scheduled to hold in the same facility to another venue.

"To strengthen his directive, Governor Umahi further appealed to his Party, the All Progressives Congress to move its campaign scheduled to hold in the facility to another venue in order to make space for the PDP.

"He also notified the State Commissioner of Police of the event, directing that adequate security be made available to the Party."

The Governor's Media Aide emphasized that the Governor's gesture was in line with his usual liberal and inclusive Political philosophy

"Recall that in line with the Governor's all-inclusive stance, he had earlier approved the facility for the Labour Party's Presidential Rally which is yet to be held in the State", the release added.