The governors of Ebonyi and Enugu states on Friday shut down markets to honour the campaign visit of the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi.
Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, who doubles as Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, had stated that the governors of the zone are prepared to give Atiku and Obi full support to ensure their total victory in the February 16 presidential election.
He said: “Ebonyi State is PDP. Vote for our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; vote for Peter Obi, our Vice Presidential candidate; vote all the PDP candidates. There is no division in PDP South East. Southeast is totally PDP, we will organise a total rally for our presidential candidate.”
Atiku was in Ebonyi as at the time of filing this report on Friday evening and was being expected across the border in Enugu.
Investigation revealed that both Umahi and his Enugu State counterpart, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had directed the closure of markets to honour the visit of Atiku.
Markets that were shut down by Umahi included the popular Abakaliki Rice Mill, Agbakpa Main Market, Timber Shade, Mechanic Village and many others.
It was gathered that his Enugu State counterpart had similarly shut down Ogbete, New Market, Artisan and Kenyatta markets.
An eyewitness who spoke with News Express on the condition of anonymity said: “I visited Rice mill this morning and it was closed. I also went to Abakpa Main Market to buy something but shops were under lock and key.”