The governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ebonyi state chapter, Prophet Adol Awam on Monday challenged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led administration in Ebonyi state that it cannot crush all APC contestants in the 2019 general election.
Awam, the General overseer of Eternal Light World Christian Church, made this known to journalists shortly after receiving the blessings and support of elders of Izzi land which comprises 3 LGAs at isiuke ancestral home, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.
Recall that the governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Umahi had earlier this year threatened that any one who tried to terminate his second tenure bid will be smashed into ashes.
According to him: “anyone who tries us would be injured because if the person falls on us, he will be grinded into granite and if we fall on him, he will be grinded into ashes.”
The governorship aspirant warned that he will not tolerate the situation whereby thugs were used to threaten his supporters ahead of the forthcoming polls in the state.
“I’m deeply touched by the prayers of this elders. I’m a man that respects tradition, especially when it comes to believing in God. Elders like this, to me, they are like prophet of our time. Whatever they pronounced, stands. I feel that the whole journey is concluded and fulfilled.
“Now we have visited here, I don’t think there is any obstacle that will stand on our way. I want to be the governor of Ebonyi state and the elders of Izzi land have accepted my request. I am sure of picking the ticket of APC. They have blessed me for that.
“I do not see any challenge especially when confronting the PDP leadership, that is in place in Ebonyi. Nobody is custodian of violence, I say nobody. My problem now is not how to face the PDP government because I do not see them as a challenge.
“No one wants this government, I use this opportunity to advise and to say that criticism is good and I don’t hate to be criticized. I like people to criticize me but when somebody criticize you and you turn to attack him, this will show that the government is bad”, he said.
The general overseer noted that he was prepared for the governorship and cannot be afraid of the government in power in the state even on the faces of threat by anybody, and assured of his readiness to takeover power from the incumbent administration.
“Have you silenced us? Even if you kill me today, you have not stopped all of us, until good thing is done, the issue of using thuggery or not, we started from the grass root, we are not afraid of that. I started playing politics from ANPP, and all through my life, I have been a field man.
“I’m not afraid whether there will be use of thugs. When there is war, somebody must die but I know that the Lord we serve will not allow any member of my group to die.
“APC must take the government of Ebonyi state, we cannot be crushed, all of us, one of us must remain and takeover the government. Some people are coming out to say, if you crush us, other people must remain to takeover,” he stressed.
Earlier in a remark, Ugbala Clement said the reason they gave their blessing to the aspirant was as a result of marginalization the people of izzi land had suffered.
“We have blessed him and it will happen the way we have said it. And that is the culture of Izzi land, whatever you need and you come to us, we will pray for you so that God will go before you. We have been marginalized and now, if our own son gets there, he will help our people and develop Izzi land,” he stated.