Buhari, Oshiomhole, Tinubu, Others Storm Abakaliki for Ebonyi Campaign Flag-off

Buhari greets Tinubu after the party's NEC on Thursday, while the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo_ National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, watch in admiration_1

President Muhammadu Buhari will lead other stalwarts of Nigeria’s ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in an epoch-making flag-off of the party’s campaign in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The flag-off is scheduled to hold at the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium Abakaliki.

The governorship candidate of the APC in Ebonyi State, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, said that the flag-off will be an opportunity for Ebonyi people to know his plans for the liberation of the state from the stranglehold of the purveyors of poverty and underdevelopment of the State.

“I am on a liberation mission in Ebonyi State. I have always believed that public officers should work to enthrone a government works with the people to enthrone a collective sense of common purpose and direction for the benefit of all stakeholders,” Ogbuoji said. “This belief has not changed; instead it has been strengthened over the years, necessitating my desire to serve the good people of Ebonyi State.”

Other big wigs of the party who are expected to grace the occasion include Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of APC, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the APC, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Governor Nassir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Chief Ajomole, former Chairman of All Chairmen of APC, and the members of the National Working Committee of the APC.

“For these people to come to Ebonyi State to support our campaign despite their already tight schedules, shows how significant the event is for the party,” said Senator Ogbuoji in a telephone interview. “Ebonyi people should rest assured that the governance of prosperity and progress which APC is bringing to the state will reach everybody.

“We will ensure that our youths are sufficiently empowered and taken off the streets of Nigerian cities – the era of Ebonyi street hawkers will be a thing of the past when APC takes over government in Ebonyi State come May 2019,” Ogbuoji emphasised.

Analysts who are familiar with political events in the State said that the flag-off accentuate the popularity of the party in the State and lay to rest any semblance of doubt regarding the capacity of the party to garner landslide victory in the February and March elections in the state.

Speaking about the flag-off ceremony, Prince Nweze Onu, the APC Candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial Zone, said that Ogbuoji has used his position as a senator to attract many projects to the people of the State.

“Senator Ogbuoji went beyond his primary constituency to impact the lives of people from other parts of the State,” Prince Onu told journalists in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State Capital on Thursday, January 24 2018. “His impacts have been felt in all aspects of life of Ebonyi people – from health infrastructure to education, electricity, portable water, good road networks and a myriad of empowerment projects.”

Onu said that Ogbuoji is a silent achiever who likes his works to speak for him, adding that the numerous projects of the incoming governor of Ebonyi State will be showcased to the people on the flag-off day as a peep into the good times that await Ebonyians when the people’s Senator assumes the political leadership of the State as the Governor.

Speaking about the event which he said will be the mother of all campaign flag-offs in Nigeria, Eze Nwachukwu Eze, the Ebonyi State Chairman of APC, said that the party has applied to the State Ministry of Youths and Sports for the release of the Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, the arena that will host the event.

“We have duly written the Ministry of Sports to allow us the use of the Stadium to host our dear President Buhari and his teeming supporters,” Nwachukwu said. “We have made all arrangements to ensure that our people give Mr. President a heroic welcome.”

In a copy of the letter requesting for the use of the Stadium dated January 21, 2019 and made available to journalists, Nwachukwu said that the event will kick off by 8.00 am, and urged the Commissioner in charge of the Youths and Sports Ministry to grant quick access to the Stadium.

“Your quick response to tenable us and the security agents to gain access to the Stadium from 28th – 30th January 2019, to make adequate preparations,” The Letter concluded.