A war-of-words has ensued between the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, regarding the security situation in Imo State.
Recall that the altercation changed gear on Thursday after the information Commissioner of the State, Hon Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, went on air to blame the PDP for the recent misfortunes that befell the State, especially in the area of insecurity.
Reacting to the information Commissioner’s claim , in a release signed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Acting State Publicity Secretary, Mazi Emenike Nmeregini, he asked Governor Hope Uzodinma-led APC Government to substantiate the claims or in one week apologize to PDP.
The release reads, “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party Imo State has been drawn to two media reports captioned: “Imo PDP Called to Order” and “Uche Onyeagocha and Akwarandu should be held if anything happens to Imo Sons and Daughters” credited to faceless groups and published on some social media platforms.
“We sound a note of warning that we will no longer take these hateful allegations by Uzodimma and his aides lightly again as we will be compelled to challenge the APC government legally.
“Uzodimma should be reminded that PDP leaders are law-abiding citizens who recognize the well-being of the people of the State as a top priority as demonstrated by the short-lived Rebuild PDP government led by Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha. Consequently, PDP leaders can never embark on actions capable of jeopardizing the safety and lives of Imolites.
“As a virile and credible opposition party, Uzodinma should be told that no amount of intimidation and repression can prevent Imo PDP and its leaders from pushing determinedly alternative views and holding him accountable to the people as provided by the law.
“consequently, we are challenging Uzodimma or any official of his government to furnish Imo people with proofs to substantiate their baseless claims that Imo PDP leaders are aiding or abetting any group to unleash violence on Imo masses or were behind the scandalous jail-break; if not they should within one week publicly apologize to Imo PDP.”
Insecurity: PDP, APC trade words in Imo