The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to intervene in the crisis between the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi and the Ebonyi state chapter of the PDP.
While the governor has accused the state PDP leaders of being behind the various violent clashes in the state, the party in turn has accused the governor of sponsoring the crisis and blaming the opposition for it.
At a media conference in Abuja on Thursday, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, complained of harassment, intimidation and unfounded criminal allegations against PDP stakeholders in the state.
Recall that the governor, during a recent courtesy call on him by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 9, accused prominent leaders of the PDP including, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Senator Sam Egwu, Chief Ali Odefa, Hon. Linus Okorie among others, as sponsors of banditry and violence in the state.
But Ologbondiyan said it’s common knowledge that the governor has been recruiting and arming that thugs who have been unleashing violence on innocent citizens, particularly members of the opposition.
The PDP said: “These agents of APC government in Ebonyi State have also resorted to using the thugs to disrupt the meetings of our party as well as foist a reign of terror in the state, wherein thugs have taken over the streets and openly extort money from helpless motorists.
“Only recently, a member of our Party, Barr. Amos Ogbonnaya, who refused to join Governor Umahi to the APC was abducted and later released with life threatening injuries after much public outcry. He is still in the intensive care unit of the hospital.”
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“Though Ogbonnaya recognized his abductors as state government agents, and reported to the Police and DSS, no arrests have been made to bring the perpetrators to book.”
“Also, on the 30th of November 2020 one of our members, Mr. Shedrack Nwode, a native of Umuezoka, along with his fiancée were shot dead by thugs suspected to be working for the APC, for refusing to chant ‘APC, Change’ at a traditional wedding ceremony.”
“Similarly, on Friday, 4th of December 2020, three prominent supporters of PDP from Ugwulangwu in Governor Umahi’s own LGA were arrested on trump-up charges of being cultists.
“In the same vein, Chief Henry C. Udeh (Ajim Best), from Okposi in Ohaozara LGA was brutally attacked for daring to hold PDP meeting in his own house, and many valuables, including vehicles were destroyed.
“Just now, we received a report that a member of our party, Prince Anyigor Methuselah KS, of Ezza North has been abducted and is reportedly being kept at the Cabinet Office of the old government house in Ebonyi State”.
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The PDP decried the governor’s penchant for labeling opposition members in the state as cultists and terrorist elements, saying it was a ploy to victimize opposition members as well as to incite federal security agencies against them.
“Our party further alerts Nigerians of Governor Umahi’s resort to labelling opposition voices in the state as cultists and terrorist elements.
“Governor Umahi’s suppressive government is now sealing off homes and businesses of PDP members, all in a bid to cow and silence them.
“A hotel belonging to former Governor Sam Egwu has been sealed up while a private school belonging to another member of the PDP, Barr. Friday Agbom was also sealed on trumped up charges.
“As a party, we are worried over the vexatious disposition of Governor Umahi towards the opposition, dissenting voices and other innocent citizens in the state; a development that has heightened security concerns and capable of triggering a huge crisis that can destabilize the state.
“The action of the APC-led government has also foisted a reign of terror in the state, crippled economic activities and brought untold hardship to the people.
“Since Governor Umahi realized that he is alone in his political voyage in the APC, he has been in distress, having been left in the cold and as such seeks to decimate the opposition and disrupt peaceful coexistence in the state.
“Our party counsels Governor Umahi to have only himself to blame for his self-inflicted political woes, instead of seeking to drag down and destroy the entire state because of his botched political ambition”, the party said.
The PDP also cautioned Governor Umahi, saying that the people of Ebonyi state can never be intimidated or cowed by the APC and its external backers, who are looking for every means to cause mayhem and ruin the state for their political gains.
While calling on its members in Ebonyi to remain calm, the PDP reminded Governor Umahi that human history has always shown that there is a limit to which a people can bear open aggression and intimidation.
“It is therefore imperative for the Inspector General of Police as well as the military high command to note the antics of the Umahi-led administration in the state and take urgent steps to protect the innocent citizens so as to save the state from imminent collapse,” he added.