- The All Progressives Congress in Imo says the current security situation in the state is politically motivated
- The ruling party made the conclusion after a press statement by the main opposition party in the state, Peoples Democratic Party
- The ruling party also frowned at the calls by the opposition asking the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, to resign
Owerri, Imo - The Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that the insecurity in the state is politically motivated.
The ruling party in the state made the declaration in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, June 3 by the chairman of the APC in Imo, Prince Marcillinus O. Nlemigbo.
Nlemigbo was reacting to a press release by the Imo state chapter of the People's Democratic Party, (PDP) earlier in the day.
Part of the statement read:
“After a preliminary analysis of the said press statement which is currently circulating on various media platforms, particularly social media, it was not surprising to us that the PDP had finally vindicated the governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma in his position that the current insecurity in the state is politically motivated.
“As a party, we have always stood by the governor, who by his privileged position as the Chief Security Officer of the state, with unhindered access to sensitive security details, that the escalating cases of insecurity in our hitherto peaceful state is politically sponsored.
“What we do not know before the PDP's press conference was the identity of those behind the sponsorship of these reckless killings of innocent citizens, security personnel, and wanton destruction of public assets. We strongly hold now, that the mask has been unveiled!’’
The APC chairman stated that the PDP is a self-serving political entity, adding that the opposition party doesn't have the interest of Imolites at heart.
“The call for the governor's resignation by PDP is not only frivolous, laughable, and delusional but a further demonstration of acute desperation to sneak back to Douglas House through the backdoor, even at the detriment of lives and properties of Ndi Imo.
“One had expected the PDP as the main opposition party in the state to come up with a possible alternative solution to the situation, but that will be seeking a vi*rgin in a brothel.
“We want to reassure PDP that no amount of incitement of the public against the government and or criminal sponsorship of insecurity in the state will deter the state government in its commitment to recover, rehabilitate and reconstruct Imo state in line with his 3R mantra.’’
Nlemigbo also alleged that some notable elder statesmen and critical stakeholders in the PDP's fold are determined to destroy Imo state.
He called on all relevant stakeholders in the state, as well as the opposition to embrace peace for the collective interest of all Imolites.
Recall that Governor Uzodimma recently appealed to Igbo youths to give peace a chance in Nigeria.
The governor made the comment during his address at the National Assembly Constitutional Review Committee public hearing for Imo and Abia states, held in Owerri on Wednesday, May 26.
He urged the Igbo youths to see the ongoing public hearing for the 1999 constitutional review as a key opportunity to be duly represented and take the rightful place Igbos deserve.
In a related development, Governor Uzodimma has assured residents of Imo that their safety is guaranteed despite the pocket of attacks witnessed in the state in recent times.
The governor made the declaration on Wednesday, May 5 when he presented vehicles and gadgets to security agencies in the state.