The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi, says the Pa Oruta Ngele Stadium Abakaliki remains the official scene for its super rally on Saturday.
The executive of APC in the state, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, made this known at a press instructions on Friday in Abakaliki, in response to media reports that the state government hosts denied the get-together access to the stadium.
The Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Dave Umahi, Mr Emma Uzor on Thursday while facilitating individuals from the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said that the stadium would not be utilized by APC for its rally because of continuous remodel works.
In any case, Nwachukwu said that neither Umahi nor his privies can prevent APC from utilizing the stadium for its rally.
He clarified that the gathering connected for the utilization of the stadium following all the set down methodology.
He stated: “We authoritatively connected for the stadium in accordance with set down guidelines and leeway was given to the gathering to utilize the stadium for our uber rally hanging on Saturday.
“For anyone to wake up and say that the setting is not any more accessible for the gathering to use, to us in APC is colossal joke and we view it as gossip.
“In any case, if the report is right and really originating from the state government, all I will state is that no man can prevent the rally from holding in the Abakaliki township stadium.
“The stadium was fabricated and remodeled with assess petitions’ cash and possessed by Ebonyi individuals independent of gathering affiliations.
“I need to encourage the abounding party individuals and supporters to disapprove the said report as scene for our rally remains the Abakaliki stadium, ” Nwachukwu said.
Another chieftain of the gathering, Chief Egwu Chima, said that the report was a ploy to undermine APC in Ebonyi.
Chima told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the announcement professedly attributed to CPS to Gov. Umahi was a result of dread of the rising notoriety of APC and urgency to castrate the gathering.
As per him, the uber rally was gone for getting prominent deserters from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including legislators, including that PDP was anxious.
“The senator, Chief Dave Umahi realizes that enabling APC to utilize the stadium for the super rally where numerous individuals from his gathering are required to report their deserting to APC adds up to submitting political suicide.
“Despite the fact that the stadium is an open office, it is under the watch and control of the senator and he won’t enable it to be utilized by a gathering that has repositioned to assume control from him,” Chima said.
Chima who noticed that he anticipated the improvement, anyway encouraged the state representative not to participate in activities that could produce political pressure in the state.
“I need to encourage the representative to disregard acts equipped for diving the state into unnecessary political emergency as the 2019 decisions move nearer.
“The activities and articulations of key political on-screen characters can make or blemish smooth and valid races and electioneering exercises in Ebonyi, ” he included.