A rally took place on Monday by supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari’s – shutting down Abakaliki, causing heavy human and vehicular traffic in Afikpo and old Enugu roads, among others.
The rally was joined by members of the Ebonyi State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The acting state Chairman of APC, Eze Nwachukwu, who addressed the rally, commended the supporters for the huge turn-out.
“We thank God for the recovery of Mr President from his sickness and successful return from the medical vacation in London to resume his normal duty as president.
“The overwhelming crowd that attended the rally is a clear indication that Ebonyi is indeed an APC state and by massively attending this solidarity rally is another indication of the love Ebonyi people have for our president and his populist government.
“This is the third time APC in Ebonyi is organising this type of rally to demonstrate its love, support and loyalty for Buhari and the APC-led central government,” Mr Nwachukwu said.
He said the rally was also to drum up support for the people-oriented programmes and policies of the present administration, stressing that the anti-graft war of the administration had redeemed the battered image of the country in the international community.
“We have witnessed tremendous life-transforming programmes and policies which are impacting positively on the lives of the ordinary citizens, including job creation, economic repositioning, infrastructure, anti-graft and fight against insecurity, among others.
“We are calling for more support for Mr President, while urging him to avail himself for 2019 to enable him to consolidate on the many achievements so far recorded by his administration.
“We want to reiterate that Ebonyi is an APC state and that we pledge our unalloyed and unflinching support and loyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Mr Nwachukwu added.
The rally was attended by the Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, former governor of Ebonyi, Chief Martin Elechi, among other top party members.
The rally was, however, disrupted by youth suspected to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
There was also the presence of police mobile force to ensure peace and order amid the burning of tyres along the road.