- The Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma, has blamed the security crisis in Imo state on PDP and some aggrieved APC members
- Uzodimma's statement follows a statement by the Imo state chapter of the PDP asking him to resign over the security challenges
- A statement by the Imo state government urged the security agencies to swiftly arrest and prosecute the PDP leaders for their alleged roles in the crisis
Owerri, Imo state - The Imo state government has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of fueling the rising levels of insecurity in the southeast state.
This follows a statement by the PDP calling for the resignation of Governor Hope Uzodimma, saying that has failed to secure the lives and property of the Imo people.
However, the state government in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, June 4, by the commissioner of information, Declan Emelumba, said the PDP's statement "is a clear case of self-indictment of the party as the real perpetrators of insecurity in the state."
Emelumba expressed concerns as to why the PDP leadership has never for once condemned the wicked acts of the criminals causing unrest in the state or called for peace in any way.
The commissioner called on security agencies not to wait for any further evidence in arresting and prosecuting the leadership of the opposition for allegedly fueling insecurity in Imo state.
He further claimed that the PDP in several fora had made it clear after the Supreme Court ruling which made Uzodimma the governor that they will make the state ungovernable for him.
Emelumba alleged that the recent happenings in the state are a clear manifestation of the PDP's plans.
The commissioner reassured Imo residents that Governor Uzodimma is on top of the security situation.
Similarly, Channels TV reported that Governor Uzodimma also accused the PDP and some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of instigating the security crisis.
The news media stated that the governor made the comment on Thursday, June 3, when he inaugurated a security council at the grassroots level to proffer solutions to the state’s security challenges.
He was quoted to have said:
“The opposition party and some aggrieved members of our party who are hiring boys from neigbouring states to come in here, allow me, I will deal with them. I can assure you, leave that for me."
The Imo state governor urged traditional rulers to help in the fight against insecurity and fish out criminals in their domains.
Meanwhile, as the security crisis in Imo state worsens, some unknown gunmen have ended the life of former Special Adviser (Politics) to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak.
The police in Imo State said the former political adviser was killed on Sunday morning, around 7.20 am, while he was on his way to Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, to catch a flight.