Again, like what played out in the 2015 general elections, the Dave Umahi administration is allegedly facing another blackmail of administering oath to party officials to retain their support.

In 2015, prior to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries, delegates were allegedly pressured to swear to an oath, which was why Governor Umahi emerged as the party's flagbearer.

The opposition party in the state, All Progressives Congress (APC), has therefore raised alarm over a repeat of similar incident that played out in 2015 whereby delegates, for their love for money, volunteered to sell their votes

Reacting to the allegation, Ebonyi State Chapter of the PDP, Onyekachi Nwebonyi debunked the claims.

Nwebonyi made the reaction shortly after the 42nd State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting held in Abakaliki.

He stated that the party does not take oath during primaries, but assured of free, fair and transparent polls ahead of 2019 election.

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“Among issues discussed were the distribution of new membership cards. Going by the election of the new chairman and other national committee of the party, it is a new dawn for the party.

“It deemed it necessary to do this as we approach the 2019 general elections. There is need to renew our memberships by giving our members new cards.

“So, in line with the constitution, we must obtain the approval of SEC before we do same to our members. That was the major issue discussed in SEC and SEC approved that.

“The party with keen interest observed the infrastructural development and human empowerment taking place in the state, courtesy of our Governor, Engineer David Umahi Nweze.

“As a party, we are happy with him and that is why we described him as the pride of our party. And SEC unanimously gave him vote of commendation because we are pleased with what is happening in the state.

“We have assured him of our support anytime and say because in three years, he has been able to do wonders. If you talk about the infrastructural development in the state, ranging from the road network that is the first of its kind in the state, flyovers here and there, human empowerment, engagement of the youths in governance-this is he first time the youths of the state are being Incorporated and integrated in the governance of the state as members of Excitement, as TAs and STAs.

“It has never been like that before and in turn, we can see that crime wave has drastically reduced in Ebonyi State.

“I must tell you that we are not threatened by social media propagandists. And we are not threatened by the exit of the former Secretary to the State Government and that of the former attorney general".

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