The incumbent and Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the Saturday elections, Engr. David Umahi, has extended the olive branch to his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Sonni Ogbuorji, urging him to drop his ambition for a more rewarding bargain.
Umahi made the demand on Thursday at the Government House, Abakaliki during his pre-election press briefing and live broadcast to the people of the State.
He noted that it has become necessary for Ogbuorji to publicly join the over 26 other gubernatorial candidates in the State to tow the path of honour by stepping down for the interest of continuity and good of the State.
Umahi admonished particularly the people of Ebonyi South Senatorial District never to frustrate the magnanimity of the Northern and Central zones by voting Ogbuorji, adding that such could lead to distortion of the equity tripod upon which the political foundation of the State was laid.
He further called on all Ebonyians to extend the fairness granted to his predecessors from both the North and Central zones by trooping out enmasse to vote for him for a second term come Saturday.
The Governor, who appreciated Ebonyi people for returning all the PDP National Assembly candidates during the last election, emphasized that his administration has extensively kept faith with its campaign promises.
According to him, he has operated an all inclusive and open-door government, receptive to suggestions, corrections, commendations and rebuke.
He apologized to Ebonyians for unmet expectations, stressing that his second term was an opportunity to consolidate his developmental strides and redeem all possible mistakes of his first outing.
Umahi commended all those who stepped down for him and other PDP candidates for their courage and called on the APC governorship candidate to join the train, promising to appoint him into position in his cabinet.
The Governor, however, condemned the alleged plans by the APC candidate to import thugs into the State to destabilize the governorship elections on Saturday, urging the people to vehemently resist any such attempt.
Umahi Said: “We can boldly say that it has been a good success in Ebonyi State and for that, we are very grateful to God who made it possible.
“We want to thank Ebonyians so much for the confidence they have in us by returning our nine candidates to the National Assembly.
“On Saturday, we will be up for the renewal of our mandate, the mandate that God alone gave to us through the good people of Ebonyi State.
“When we were campaigning in 2015, we made a number of promises to Ebonyians.
“Among the promises were the beautification of our capital city, good roads, improved educational and health system, to take care of the widows, empower the youths and discharge our duties with the fear of God.
“I can boldly say, through the special grace of God, that we have kept our promises, through God’s mercies.
“We have ran the race this three years plus and have kept the faith.
“Just last Tuesday over 26 governorship candidates of other political parties stepped down for me, joining to advance the good works that God has enabled us perform in the State.
“I salute their courage and I wish to publicly urge my brother, Ogbuorji, to join the train.
“I may not know his area of competence, but may be I can give him the Commissioner for Regional Planning.”
While soliciting for over 95 per cent of Ebonyi votes, Governor Umahi siezed the opportunity to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies and other players in the election to abide by the rules for a free and transparent polls.
“Our confidence is the Lord, and as you vote for us, we will continue the good works we have commenced in your places,” he said.