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MASSOB, 72 political parties, others adopt Ugwuanyi, Umahi for reelection


[FILE PHOTO] Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi’s second term bid received a boost yesterday as Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) adopted them for reelection.

Also, while 72 registered political parties adopted Ugwuanyi, no fewer than 26 gubernatorial candidates stepped down for Umahi.

In a statement in Abakaliki, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, said the group resolved that it would support Igbo-oriented political office holders like some governors and state Assembly members who are developing infrastructure and ensuring the growth of economic, health, social and sports sectors of their states and constituencies.


However, in a communiqué read by Ogbonnaya Okorie of Advanced Allied Party (AAP), the candidates said their collective resolve to step down for Umahi was to enable him complete his eight years in office as enshrined in the Ebonyi State charter of equity of all senatorial zones to complete their second term in office.

On Ugwuanyi’s adoption, the parties, which came together under the Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in Enugu State, stated that they took the decision following their realisation that Ugwuanyi’s “programmes are in tune and in line with ours.”

Their Coordinator, John Nwobodo, explained that they strongly believe in Ugwuanyi, who is candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Saturday’s election to continue to stir the political and economic ship of Enugu State.

Meanwhile, representative of Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives under of PDP, Jude Ise-Idehen yesterday admonished his closest rival, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma to accept defeat in the just concluded elections rather than continue to attack him.

He also appealed to Edo electorate to support the party on Saturday during the state House of Assembly election.

Ise-Idehen assured that PDP would not abuse the trust and confidence they have shown its candidates in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.

While urging them to repeat the same ahead of Saturday’s polls, Ise-Idehen said, “We won Edo South for Senate, Presidency and House of Representatives. I appeal to our people to come out en masse and support our party candidates again.”

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