Chooks Oko,, the Special Assistant to the Ebonyi state governor, Engr Dave Umahi, on Media and Strategy, has claimed that police who were seen shooting tear gas and dispersing supporters of the Labour Party presidential Candidate, Mr Peter, who held their Ebonyi 1million march today, were not ordered by the governor.
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In a statement released by Oko, it was stated that “relevant government agencies had approved the use of Abakaliki township stadium for a rally by the Labour party subject to the payment of some specified fees, but the organizers chose to empty into the streets causing some untold hardships on the hapless citizens going about their daily pursuits. Oko added that the police stepped in to restore law and order. The statement read;
THE GOVERNOR ORDERED NO DISRUPTION
The attention of the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State have been drawn to some online publications and rumours making the rounds that he ordered the disruption of a gathering in support of one of the presidential candidates in the 2023 elections. This is not true.
The Executive Governor of Ebonyi state is certainly not aware of any disruption of any gathering as he didn’t order any. He is a democrat who believes firmly in the rule of law. He wishes every contending politician the very best and will insist on a level playing ground for all. If it is true that the police dispersed people, the answer will surely rest with the police.
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For record purposes, the relevant government agencies had approved the use of Abakaliki township stadium for a rally by the Labour party subject to the payment of some specified fees. Rather than pay the fees, it was gathered, the organizers chose to empty into the streets causing some untold hardships on the hapless citizens going about their daily pursuits.
The police, we are told, had to step in to restore law and order.The Governor appeals to all citizens to always abide by the dictates of the law and decent living so that law and order will always reign supreme. He wishes all political parties and their candidates well and enjoins all to play the game by the rules.
Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media & Strategy)
This is a big show of shame by the Ebonyi state government pic.twitter.com/aKxgIZBiHs
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