By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South East zone, yesterday condemned what it described as unwarranted attack on its elected and appointed officers by other political parties in the zone, saying it would not tolerate any form of intimidation or harassment of its officers in the guise of â€˜cheap politics,â€™
National Vice/South East Zonal Chairman of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Enugu, noted with concern that the â€œdirty politicsâ€ had lately been extended â€œto attacking one of the very icon of Nigerian democratic practice, Dr. Alex Ekwuemeâ€ and called on those behind the unfortunate development to desist forthwith.
According him, â€œthere is no reason whatsoeverÂ for APGA or other political parties to attack the former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme for exercising his democratic right of supporting his partyâ€™s candidate in the Anambra governorship election (Prof. Soludo), especially when the candidate towers over and above other candidates in the race.â€
â€œWe strongly condemn this style of politics and advise others, who may wish or are in line with the thought of APGA to please desist and give hounor to whom is due, as it is only in the South East that you see such disrespect for leaders, who should ordinarily be revered.
“We invite politicians of Igbo extraction not to insult our leaders in the name of cheap politics. We suggest that we should dispassionately propagate the manifestos, qualities and agenda of our respective candidates and allow Anambrarians to decide their choice,â€ Metuh said.
Stating that the PDP and its supporters had never in any way attacked Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu,Â for giving his support to Governor Peter Obi nor have they attacked APGA for allegedly being â€œdictatorial and undemocratic, especially in the conduct of their primaries, where they refused to sell forms to others and practically chased out other persons from competing with Mr. Obi,â€ the PDP zonal chairman warned the political parties to desist from campaign of calumny and rather concentrate on issues and their programmes for the people.