The response of Ebonyi to the attack on “Obidients” by Obi’s followers who refused to pay for the rally location. The Ebonyi State Government has disclosed that the location of the Peter Obi campaign event, which was interrupted on Saturday in Abakaliki, was permitted by government authorities, but the attendees refused to pay the price.
Earlier, the THENETNAIJA reported that as supporters of the former governor of Anambra State gathered for their one-million-man march on Saturday, chaos broke out in Abakaliki.
Obi’s followers, commonly termed ‘Obidients’, were to set off from the People’s Club location, but some thugs believed to be working for another party in the state attacked the site and disrupted the demonstration.
Chooks Oko, Special Assistant on Media and Strategy to Governor Dave Umahi, refuted accusations that the state government was responsible for the incident. He stated rally organizers refused to pay for the location, sending supporters out onto the street where the thugs launched the attack.
Part of the statement states, “For record reasons, the appropriate government authorities had allowed the use of the stadium in the Abakaliki Township for a Labour Party rally, subject to the payment of some specified costs.
The organizers opted to disperse onto the streets rather than pay the costs, inflicting great suffering on the helpless residents going about their everyday activities.