In a rethink, Ebonyi SSG resigns to contest for senate seat instead of guber post

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Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, and Coordinating Commissioner, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, has resigned from office to pursue his senatorial ambition in a strategic review of his initial guber plan.

He disclosed this to journalists on Thursday after a closed-door consultation meeting with the Ebonyi State All Progressives Congress, APC, Working Committee, at the party’s secretariat, Abakaliki.

Ugbala also announced that he had dropped his governorship ambition in the interest of the party and was then aspiring to represent Ebonyi Central Senatorial zone in 2023.

He said: “I’m here to consult with the State Working Committee of our party and to seek their approval and support, to run for Senate, come 2022/2023 for Ebonyi Central Senatorial District. You know political party is a platform through which you can come into leadership. And before any step is taken, it’s necessary to consult with the party leadership and seek their approval. That’s why I’m here,” he said.

Ugbala who had served as Senior Special Assistant (SSA), as well as Commissioner under Governor David Umahi’s administration, before his elevation to Secretary to State Government, said he would ensure effective and efficient representation if elected Senator, come 2023.

“I’m contesting to contribute my quota for efficient and effective representation and ensure accountability, and to join hands with other leaders that the state is enthroning, come 2023, to make sure we build and expand on what the present Governor has done.”

He added, “I offer myself for this service for the interest of the masses.”

On his resignation, Mr. Ugbala, said he had the full knowledge of the new Electoral Law, and had taken all necessary steps to obey it, including tendering his resignation letter to the appropriate authority.

“I know the Electoral Law very well and the Law is very very firm. You know when I was appointed, and for me to be here today, it means I have taken all the necessary steps and you know I have a boss, he is the only one that can show you the necessary documents, not myself.

“The office of the Secretary to State Government which I was occupying is known for confidentiality. I’m not the one that will make my resignation letter public; it has reached the appropriate authority,” he said.

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