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Attack On Imo Party Secretariat: LP Fumes, Lambasts Uzodinma

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Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodin­ma has been accused by the Labour Party (LP) of being behind Monday’s attack on its party sec­retariat in the state.

It called on the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Eg­betokun, to warn Uzodimma against intimidating its mem­bers in the state.

The party also urged the IGP to order the Commissioner of Police, Imo State Command, to rise to the occasion to forestall the breakdown of public peace.

Obiora Ifoh who is the National Publicity Secre­tary of the party, told journalists in a statement on Monday, that the Imo State Chairman of LP, Callistus Iheji­agwa, raised the alarm in a Save Our Soul (SOS) message, calling on public intervention.

Ifoh’s statement read, “At the early hours of today, Monday, August 28, the Imo State secretar­iat of the Labour Party has once more been attacked by the police and thugs allegedly by the direc­tives of the state government.”

The state chairman of the La­bour Party, Callistus Ihejiagwa, had earlier sent an SOS to the public, asking Nigerians to come to the aid of the party which at the time was at the mercy of the attackers who comprised of over a hundred thugs and the accom­panying men of the police force.

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The SOS read, ‘Imo State La­bour Party office in Owerri un­der serious attack by Hope Uzo­dimma led thugs and policemen. They are presently demolishing structures in our secretariat. Please let the entire world hear this and come to our aid.’

The statement also alleged that a voicemail sent to the Labour Party headquarters same day, said this, ‘We have been invaded by the thugs and policemen under the directives of Hope Uzodimma. They have pulled down all our flags, pulled down the banners of Peter Obi, pulled down the banners of our governorship candidate, seized people’s phone, beat people up, and committed all manners of atrocities just now in our office.’

According to the LP National Publicity Secretary, when con­fronted, the perpetrators said, ‘They were under directives by the state government to pull down Peter Obi and Senator Athan’s billboards but particu­larly that of Obi.’

The statement added, ‘They were instructed to target Obi’s billboard everywhere in the city. One of the assaulted members of the party is presently hospitalised after the brutality meted at us.

‘We are calling on the whole world to hear our predicament and come to our aid. The gov­ernment is now hounding every opposition element in the state.’

It tied this incident to a cam­paign outing by its presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Pe­ter Obi, who led party faithful, supporters and the Abia State governor, Dr. Alex Otti, includ­ing members of the House of Representatives on the party’s platform, to inaugurate the gov­ernorship campaign of its candi­date in the upcoming Imo State gubernatorial election, Senator Athan Achonu.

Ifoh claimed that ‘the sea of heads that graced the occasion is believed to have sent a shocking warning of what will happen in the November 11 governorship election in the state.

‘You will also recall that the same secretariat was attacked in March and as well in April, this year, by the police in connivance with the state government.’

‘We are, therefore, calling on the state government to refrain from using brute force and in­timidation against opposition political parties in the state.”

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