Ebonyi governor declares public holiday to celebrate victories at election tribunals

Martin Elechi

The people of Ebonyi trooped out in large number in Abakaliki on Wednesday to celebrate Gov. Martin Elechi’s three victories over opponents. 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the celebration, which disrupted commercial activities,  culminated in a thanksgiving service at the Abakaliki Township Stadium.
NAN also learnt that the celebration was a demonstration of the people’s gratitude to God for ensuring the governor’s victories at the Election Petition Tribunal, Appeal Court and the Supreme Court.
Commercial banks did not open to their customers as the state government declared a public holiday. 
Major roads in the town were barricaded between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., as stern looking mobile policemen and other security agencies prevented motorists from using the roads.   
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Elechi said that God enabled him to triumph over his adversaries at each stage of legal battle.
“We passed through a lot to achieve this victory including the large-scale violence witnessed during the elections and the trying periods of electoral litigation.
“I commend the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other religious bodies for their fervent prayers during the elections and litigation processes,” he said.
The governor identified low level of education and poverty as factors responsible for the high level of violence during the elections.
“The opposition devised several antics to wrest power from us, including the use of embarrassing utterances and gimmicks on the clergy and members of the judiciary.
“They also wrote series of petitions to the Presidency, alleging that the state was ungovernable to attract the declaration of state of emergency,” he said.
In his sermon, a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr Abraham Nwali, called on the state government to consolidate on its developmental projects in the state.
“I also urge the government to devise means of reconciling with the opposition in order to ensure peace and overall development of the state,” he said. 



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  • Igbuwai

    This is the height of irresponsibility. How can a Public holiday be declared to allow an individual celebrate a phantom victory?

  • Amazed

    That’s why the Igbo are not making progress… Most of their governors are morons…Everything is about container, money and celebration. Idiots!

  • Leanongod

    Why not celebrate, that is NIJA 4U. Infact that is nothing compare to a state ministries that were completely shut down when its entire cabinet went on Holly-Vacation-Pilgremage.

  • Okeynze2007

    What an irresponsible leadership. It is blasphemous to bring the name of God in an election and victory that were everything but free and fair. Most of these public officers have nothing to do and are most unimaginative. I pity the people of Ebonyi state because by the time they know it about ONE BILLION NAIRA would have been wasted and stolen in the name of celebration of stolen victory.

  • That is good post.