By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
In defence of the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Enugu Youths Coalition has chided the All Progressives Congress (APC) for coming hard on the governor over campaign posters ahead of 2019, while promising of a crushing defeat in 2019.
In a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Enugu Youths Coalition, Dr. Edwin Obune, the group advised APC to first remove the logs from its eyes before seeing the spec in that of their governor.
“The attention of Enugu Youths Coalition has been drawn to a statement attributed to the Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress in which the state Chairman Mr. Ben Nwoye accused the state governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of violating the nation’s Electoral Act over the posting of his posters in some locations in the city.
“We want to educate Mr. Nwoye that Governor Ugwuanyi breached no law as the said posters do not not have his implicit or explicit consent before it was pasted in the state,” it stated
The coalition explained that besides, the Governor through his party has already dissociated himself from the activities of the group in a press statement issued by the Chairman of PDP in the state.
“On the issue of early campaign posters which the APC claimed it’s only in Enugu State that such action could take place, the coalition urged Mr. Nwoye to take a trip to Lagos, Bauchi, Kastina, Kogi, Nasarawa, Yobe among other APC states to see things for himself before passing such parochial judgment,” it added.
The coalition however backed the group which posted Gov. Ugwuany’s posters in the state saying it is part of the Freedom of Expression guaranteed by the nation’s constitution.
Adding that, the group like the Enugu APC which exercised their freedom of expression by endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election next year even when Mr. President has not declared intention to do so; also exercised their own freedom by urging the governor to seek re-election through their posters.
While promising to give crushing defeat to APC in the state, the coalition however advised Enugu APC to always think before it speaks on matters concerning Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.