Ebonyians turn out en masse as local APC chapter organises solidarity rally for Buhari

MEMBERS of the Ebonyi State chapter of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) successfully organised a solidarity rally in support of President Muhammadu Buhari across the state this week.


Since assuming office two years ago, President Buhari has been particularly unpopular across southeast Nigeria, where he has been accused of showing little regard for Ndigbo. Among other things, he has been criticised for not appointing enough Igbos into public office, which has helped spur the agitation for the recreation of the defunct republic of Biafra.


Keen to reverse this negative image the president has in the region, the local branch of the APC organised a rally, which attracted large crowds of local people. Mostly affected by the rally was the city of Afikpo and old Enugu roads, among others.


Eze Nwachukwu, the acting state APC chairman, said: “We thank God for the recovery of Mr President from his sickness and successful return from the medical vacation in London to resume his normal duty as president. The overwhelming crow that attended the rally is a clear indication that Ebonyi is indeed an APC state and by massively attending this solidarity rally is another indication of the love Ebonyi people have for our president and his populist government.


“This is the third time APC in Ebonyi is organising this type of rally to demonstrate its love, support and loyalty for Buhari and APC-led central government. We have witnessed tremendous live-transforming programmes and policies, which are impacting positively on the lives of the ordinary citizens, including job creation, economic repositioning, infrastructure, anti-graft and fight against insecurity, among others.


He added that the rally was also to drum support for the people-oriented programmes and policies of the present administration, stressing that the anti- graft war of the administration had redeemed the battered image of the country at the international community. Among those who attended the rally were the minister for science and technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and the former governor of Ebonyi State Chief Martin Elechi.


“We are calling for more support for Mr President while urging him to avail himself for 2019 to enable him to consolidate on the many achievements so far recorded by his administration. We want to reiterate that Ebonyi is an APC state and that we pledge our unalloyed and unflinching support and loyalty to the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Mr Nwachukwu added.