By Chukwuemeka Opara
Abakaliki – The Muslim community in Ebonyi, widows association and market women among other groups have contributed funds for the re-election of Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi.
The groups, who made the contributions on Friday in Abakaliki during an interactive forum with the governor, said the governor touched their lives in several ways.
Alhaji Lukman Alkali, Leader of the Muslim Community in Ebonyi, said its members contributed funds for the governor’s re-election due to his accommodating disposition.
“Various ethnic groups and religious adherents have remained peaceful in Ebonyi without any incidence of disturbance.
“We wish to continue co-existing peacefully with our Christian brothers in the state and have decided to vote massively for the governor on March 9,” he said.
Alkali noted that Muslims had benefited from the massive developmental strides of the governor and his economic enhancement policies.
Mrs Stella Ogoke, Coordinator of Widows in Ebonyi, noted that widows were ready to massively vote for the governor on March 9.
“The governor has economically empowered widows through his various empowerment schemes and we have been praying and fasting for his re-election.
“We decided on our own to contribute funds individually and collectively for the re-lection of the governor who is the husband of widows.
“Over 2,000 widows empowered in various ways by the governor, contributed N500 each towards his re-election.
“The money should be used to buy cows and other items to receive visitors coming to congratulate you after being re-elected on March 9,” she said.
Mrs Rose Akochi, Leader of the Market Women, said market women made contributions toward the governor’s re-election due to his viable economic policies.
“Beyond the financial contributions we made, we have also mobilised to vote massively for Umahi and protect our votes,” she said.
Rev.Fr Abraham Nwali, state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said the church had adopted the governor for a second term in office.
“This is because he delivered on his campaign promises, so the church will stand by him being not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.
“We have made personal contributions towards your re-election because we know that you are a child of God,” he said.
Responding, Umahi thanked the groups for their support and contributions, pledging to lead with greater fear of God if re-elected into office.
“I will fulfill all the promises I made during the campaigns and will strive with greater passion toward uplifting the citizens’ welfare,” he said. (NAN)