By; NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
The Executive Chairman Izzi LGA, Hon. Paul James Nwogha on Thursday as a part of Christmas/New year celebration empowered all the victims of 2019 general election in the area as part of the commemoration of Jesus Christ birth.
Hon. Nwogha who converged the people in his country home, Ezzaofu Inyimagu Community,Izzi LGA said the empowerment of all the election victims became imperative as to encourage party faithfuls that they stood by them at all times and would stop at nothing to give them a place in the government they fought to bring to power.
It is recall that during the past general election that many homes and property worth millions of naira was set ablaze in some parts of Izzi local government Area of the state on alleged political party indifference.
The Executive Chairman described the gesture as a way to strengthen the People Democratic Party in the area, stating that not only those who are of his political party whose motorcycles were set ablaze was empowered but entire victims from party divides as such have taught others that they weren’t struggling to install just a party alone but set of persons who has the capacity to deliver good governance.
“We have 14 wards in Izzi and in the last general election and during our local Government Chairman election primary, many people’s motorcycles were damaged and we decided to replace them as a way to make peace between the two divides and encourage them to see reasons why they should support our party for the development of the area”.
” While I draw wisdom from His Excellency and Speaker House of Assembly,Hon.Ogbonna Nwifuru, i am calling those who received the motorcycles to carefully use them to support their selves and programme of the government led by Engr. David Umahi to promote peace in their various wards”.
He further stated that empowering both divides has helped establish peace among them, pointing out that his administration has set up a plan to zero thatch house in the entire local Government Area which would soon commence.
The local Government Chairman debunked the purported social media report that accused him of receiving bogus federal government allocation almost higher than what he said the state receives monthly, stating that though the state government is prudent in management of meager allocation they receive and that the erroneous post was created to cause distraction.
“There’s two types of allocation we receive in the state; the Facebook and real allocation from Federal Government. There’s no way we will be receiving over one billion when our state is one of the least state in the list with low allocation but all thanks to Engr. David Umahi for his prudent management of the meager allocation because those circulating the message are agents of distraction.
Speaking during the official inauguration of the Christmas gifts, the Speaker Ebonyi State House of Assembly Rt.Hon. Ogbonna Nwifuru said the motorcycle replacement was necessary to encourage peace among the affected persons.
The Speaker who was represented by the wife, Hon. Mrs Uzoamaka Nwifuru commended Hon. Nwogha for the wonderful initiative and charged the receivers of the motorcycles gifts to judiciously use them for the interest of the party.
She equally appreciated the Executive Chairman for remembering widows in his Christmas package as not less than two hundred women were showered with gift items among bags of rice, wrappers and undisclosed amount of money.
On his part, Hon.Uchenna Nwamkpuma, Coordinator Ebyia Development Center, thanked the party faithfuls for coming out en mass and charged them to remain loyal to the policies and programmes of the ruling government and the party.
Hon. Nwamkpuma, hinted that the idea of replaced motorcycles was a good one and advised receivers to use them to preach peace in various wards and not indulging in anti party activities or anything capable of causing trouble within their communities.
Also, the Council Chair person ,Mrs.Chidiebere Paul Nwogha, while distributing Christmas gift to the widows advised them to build their hope on God, even as, she charged them to always pray for their leaders as all the local government Chairmen would continue to ensure that the foundation of widows inclusive government laid by the state Governor is emulated in all areas of the state.
However, the Chairman Izzi LGA ward Chairmen Form, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwankashi, and Hon.Nwuzor Chijioke, Coordinator Nnodo Development Center lauded Hon. Nwogha for remembering the party executives and promised to give him support.
The forum Chairman, pointed out that the Christmas gifts would further strengthen the faith of the party members in ward level especially with the replacement of the damaged motorcycles which most victims had lost hope before the Chairman intervention.
In an interview,Mr. Uchenna Nkwegu,a motorcycle beneficiary and Mrs. Felicia Nwodom, a widow thanked the Chairman for remembering them and advised those who are yet to receive such gift to maintain faith with the party as they would be remembered in due time.
Some of the items distributed includes over one hundred motorcycles, bags of rice, wrappers and some undisclosed amount of money.
The event attracted House of Assembly Members, Development Center Coordinators, Party Executives and well wishers who all smiled home with gift items.
Wife of the Speaker Ebonyi State House of Assembly flagging off the programme