The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has insisted that Pa Oruta Ngele Stadium Abakaliki will be hosting its mega rally on Saturday.
While speaking to journalist on Friday in the state capital, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, the state chairman of the party refuted claims that the state government has denied access of the stadium to the party.
Mr Emma Uzor, the chief Press Secretary to the state government, while hosting members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said that the stadium would not be used by APC for its rally due to ongoing renovation works.
Nwachukwu stated that the state government has no choice but to grant the party the access to the proposed venue.
He explained that the party applied for the use of the stadium following all the laid down procedures.
He“We officially applied for the stadium in line with laid down rules and clearance was given to the party to use the stadium for our mega rally holding on Saturday.
“For anybody to wake up and say that the venue is no longer available for the party to use, to us in APC is huge joke and we regard it as rumour.
“But if the report is correct and actually coming from the state government, all I will say is that no man can stop the rally from holding in the Abakaliki township stadium.
“The stadium was built and renovated with tax prayers’ money and owned by Ebonyi people irrespective of party affiliations.
“I want to urge the teeming party members and supporters to discountenance the said report as venue for our rally remains the Abakaliki stadium, ” Nwachukwu said.
Another prominent member of the party, Chief Egwu Chima stated that the news of the alleged denial was a way of discrediting the party.
“I want to urge the governor to shun acts capable of plunging the state into needless political crisis as the 2019 elections draw closer.
“The actions and utterances of key political actors can make or mar smooth and credible elections and electioneering activities in Ebonyi, ” he added.