Since Umahi fails to condemn Ivo killings, we are ready to fight back – PDP


Tochukwu Okorie

PDP raises alarm over plot to implicate, witchunt, brutalize, link party members to crime

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi State has threatened to match the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), with force since the state governor, Dave Umahi, failed to condemn the killings across the state especially in Ivo.

It also raised the alarm over alleged plot by Governor Dave Umahi to implicate and link the party members to crime to scuttle the popularity of the party in the state.

The PDP Chairman in Ebonyi State, Hon. Tochukwu Okorie, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abakaliki.

The party chairman who is not happy with the insecurity in the state, stated that several meetings had been held by Governor Umahi with the leadership of Ebubeagu and other security outfits in the state to implicate, brutalize and link PDP members with crime, warning that should Umahi go ahead with such decision, that the party was ready to match them with force.

“Let Ebonyians know that PDP will not stand and watch anybody harasses or intimidate any resident of Ebonyi State, wether in the capital or hinter lands. Gentlemen of the press, you will recall that fourth night ago, the news about the brutal murder of a certain man in Akaeze council broke following an uprising and more than a proportionate response to the issue of Ebubeagu was witnessed in Akaeze.

“During Umahi’s visit, the governor regrettably failed to condemne the killing of the young man in such brutal manner, but rather blamed the opposition for the uprising that followed.

“This is to show the carosness that has followed a state policy in Ebonyi.

“This is to show the recklessness of government in their avowed repressive tendencies. And this is why we are out here today to let the whole world know and be aware that PDP is aware of the plot to hold PDP leaders and we are here to  warn that we are ready to match force with force; to match whatever the are bringing on board.

“We have it from good authority that on the 10th of February 2022, Ebonyi State Governor, Engr David Umahi, called a meeting in which the attendees were leaders and operative of  Ebubeagu militia that operates in Ebonyi State.

“There was a follow up meeting yesterday, the 11th day of February, 2022.

“Now, this meeting was called to address the nagging issues of security in the state. You will recall that PDP in the state has raised an alarm following the incessant incident of brutality and killing attributed to the operatives of Ebubeagu. You will also recall that following the alarm we raised, a number of persons have gone to court to challenge the legality and the law setting up Ebubeagu and other ancillary matters.

“It is consequent upon those developments that the meeting of 12th February was called, and in that meeting, it will interest you to know that they came out with the resolution that the only way to stop the PDP and opposition in the state, from further challenging the brutality that Ebubeagu has metted on the people of the state; that the only way to deal with that is to begin to implicate leaders of the PDP and other stakeholders in opposition with misgovernance that is going on in the state.

“This briefing became absolutely necessary so that Ebonyians, Nigerians and indeed, the whole world will know that they have hatched a plot to link the leaders of PDP in particular and other opposition party leaders to crimes and phantom situation in order to demolarized and attempt to whitley the popularity and the mass appeal that PDP has commanded in the state.

“Let it be known that not withstanding the brigandage  that passes the governance of the state; not withstanding the intimidation, harassment, and all sorts of illtreatments that the government has dished out to both citizens and the leaders of the state alike. It would appear that the masses are still in love with the PDP. This has unsettled the governor and his co-travellers. They are doing everything possible to see if they can break the resolve of party leaders and to dampen the moral of Ebonyi citizens.

“Let it be known that whatever happened, PDP is on ground in Ebonyi State and nothing will change that because Ebonyi State belongs to PDP and PDP belongs to Ebonyi State.”

Okorie further noted that the PDP was ever ready to stop every form of intimidation and harassment of party members because Ebonyi is PDP state and can’t be twerted by anybody.


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