Umahi Bars Political Party logos, symbols As Buhari Visits Ebonyi

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Governor of Ebonyi State Dave Umahi has barred party logos and symbols during the official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the State, beginning from Tuesday.

Governor Umahi warned political parties from coming to the stadium with any party logo.

He said, “Nobody should come to the stadium with any party logo. We don’t want to embarrass the President. If we invite the President for a state visit and PDP roll out their logo, it is an embarrassment to Mr. President.
 
“So, it is a Presidential visit, no party is coming to the stadium with a logo or party slogan of anything. It is just a simple Presidential visit. If they don’t understand they should go and find out what is Presidential visit and what it entails.”
Recall that the APC in the state had accused Umahi of trying to muzzle opposition and had issued a directive banning the display of all party logos and rallies.

The governor has also declared Tuesday as public holiday  to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a two-day working visit in the state.

On the significance of the visit, Umahi said the state owes the President and his cabinet a debt of gratitude for reviving agriculture in the country.

“Mr President has helped us so much in the area of agriculture and at every given opportunity; I have always commended the CBN Governor, the Minister of Agriculture, the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Solid Minerals.

“The Buhari-led administration has tremendously helped us to revamp the agriculture and solid minerals programmes in Ebonyi State.

“I believe that the President’s visit will afford him an opportunity to see what we have done with the assistance he extended to us in the agricultural and solid minerals sector,” he said.

Asked whether he had faced a backlash from his party, the PDP, after he openly “endorsed” President Buhari for a second term in an interview with journalists recently in Abuja, the governor replied: “no comment.”

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