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The Ebonyi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of attacking its members who testified as witnesses before the Election Petitions Tribunal currently sitting in Abuja.
The accusation was contained in a statement made available to The Eastern Updates which was signed by the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the PDP in the State, Augustine Nwazunku.
The statement alleged that the PDP witnesses who testified before the election Tribunal at Abuja were attacked on return to their respective homes by suspected APC hitmen.
‘Some were brutally attacked by APC hired thugs, with their families, essentially chased out of their homes while business interests of our members’ farm were poisoned with yet to be verified chemical. Over twenty thousand fish fingerlings were physically damaged in some of the episodes of attacks,’ the statement read.
The party also accused APC Chieftains and leaders of going around communities and local governments to threaten PDP faithful preparing to go to testify as witnesses before the Tribunal.
‘The APC government has threatened to deal with any Ebonyi citizen seen to be hob-nobbing with the members of PDP in Ebonyi State,’ the statement added.
Reacting to the accusations, APC state chairman, Stanley Okoro-Emegha, described the allegations as unfounded and challenged the PDP to bring up evidence of the alleged attacks on its members before the public.
Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, had on Wednesday, granted the request by the PDP to withdraw a suit it had instituted against Governor Nwifuru, challenging his nomination as the governorship candidate of the APC for the 2023 general elections.
PDP, in suit No. FHC/AI/CS/7/2023 challenged the validity of the nomination of Nwifuru by APC on the ground that he was, at the time, a member of the party and couldn’t have been nominated by APC as its 2023 governorship candidate.