Real Reason Why Police Disrupted Peter Obi’s Rally in Ebonyi State

Real Reason Why Police Disrupted Peter Obi’s Rally in Ebonyi State

  • Governor David Umahi has denied ordering the state police command to teargas supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi
  • Recall that Obi's supporters staged one million-man march for their preferred candidate in the state capital
  • The governor in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Abakaliki said the alleged disruption of the Obidient movement in the state is false

Despite online allegations, Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi says he never ordered the disruption of a solidarity rally by supporters of Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi.

The governor made the clarification via the statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy Chooks Oko.

Governor David Umahi denies ordering disruption of Peter Obi's rally
Umahi has denied ordering the state police command to teargas supporters of Peter Obi. Photo credit: Obi Support group
Source: Twitter

The statement was issued hours after policemen tear-gassed Obi’s supporters at a rally in Abakaliki.

Read the full statement as made available to

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The attention of the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State have been drawn to some online publications and rumours making the rounds that he ordered the disruption of a gathering in support of one of the presidential candidates in the 2023 elections. This is not true.
The Executive Governor of Ebonyi state is certainly not aware of any disruption of any gathering as he didn’t order any. He is a democrat who believes firmly in the rule of law. He wishes every contending politician the very best and will insist on a level playing ground for all. If it is true that the police dispersed people, the answer will surely rest with the police.
For record purposes, the relevant government agencies had approved the use of Abakaliki township stadium for a rally by the Labour party subject to the payment of some specified fees. Rather than pay the fees, it was gathered, the organizers chose to empty into the streets causing some untold hardships on the hapless citizens going about their daily pursuits.

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The police, we are told, had to step in to restore law and order.
The Governor appeals to all citizens to always abide by the dictates of the law and decent living so that law and order will always reign supreme.
He wishes all political parties and their candidates well and enjoins all to play the game by the rules.

2023: Anxiety as police teargas, disperse Obi supporters in Ebonyi

Recall that reported that the planned one-million march for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, in Ebonyi state has hit the rock. gathered that the police in the state on Saturday, September 17, dispersed supporters of the Obi-dient movement who gathered at the Pastoral Centre, Abakaliki, for the march.

According to the newspaper, the Obi’s supporters, numbering over 1,000, were tear-gassed by the men of that the Nigeria Police Force. The incident was said to have caused both human and vehicular traffic on Saturday morning on the popular Old Enugu road in the capital city.

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Meanwhile, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded the northeast region for its overwhelming support for his political career. reports that he also urged the residents of the state to redouble their support towards helping him achieve his aspiration.

Tinubu made this appeal on Saturday, September 17, in his address shortly after the wedding Fatiha of Misbau Yahaya, son of the Gombe state governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, and his bride, Amira Babayo.


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