By VINCENT UJUMADU
ENUGU—THE All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday, accused the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of a plot to destabilise the government of Imo State under Governor Rochas Okorocha.
The party also alleged grand design by PDP to create a state of anarchy, which would subsequently lead to the creation of a state of emergency in the state starting from Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, at a briefing in Enugu on the said plot to destroy Imo State, said: “The PDP wants to destabilise and dismantle the APGA government in Imo state. They want to achieve this by causing mayhem that will give rise to a call for the declaration for a state of emergency in Imo state.
“APGA condemns this intention of the PDP and hereby warns that PDP which APGA defeated thoroughly in the Governorship election in Imo state in 2011, cannot take back Imo state through the back door.”
APGA will resist it, and we want to call on the relevant agencies and authorities to ensure that Imo state does not implode since these matters are before courts of competent jurisdiction, and all the parties, both APGA and PDP in Imo state have subjected themselves to this court proceedings; we demand that all the judicial processes must be allowed to run their full courses before a disposal action will be taken on each case.”
“We also want to note that since APGA defeated PDP in 2011 election in Imo state, the PDP elements have continued to wage wars of acrimony against the government of APGA in the state without restraint, despite the excellent developmental strides of Governor Rochas Okorocha in Imo state which the PDP members have come to acknowledge even in televisions.”
Umeh, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to defend the rule of law in Nigeria which, he said, was developed by the late President Musa Yar’ Adua and the current President Jonathan, saying “The rule of law mantra was developed by President Yar’Adua along with President Goodluck Jonathan, and must be seen to be played to the full in this country. We expect that common sense will prevail.”
“If anything happens in Imo State starting from Wednesday, August 22, 2012 through the actions of the PDP elements in Imo state; any attempt to declare a state of emergency in Imo state, will be stoutly resisted both by APGA and the people of Imo State. The time of politics of intimidation should be far gone in Nigeria as we have seen democracy for 13 years in Nigeria; we should be sharpening the tenets of democracy in the country which is hinged on the rule of law.”
According to Umeh, APGA had received reports and information that the PDP in the state, working in collaboration with its national leadership “plans to unleash mayhem in Imo state on Wednesday, August 22 using the 27 local council chairmen and the councilors whose tenures have since lapsed due to influx of time, to return them back to their offices.”
Umeh also claimed the PDP elements in the state had concluded the plot to “stampede the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly to swear in the PDP candidate from Oguta, despite court actions on the issues.”
Umeh said the crux of the matter is that the 27 chairmen of local government areas in Imo state and their councilors wanted to get back to their offices even when the matter was still in court.
He said that even the case of the reported election of the PDP candidate in Oguta was equally in court, although he alleged that the PDP elements in the state had finalised secret plot to ignore the judicial proceedings and “resort to self help” to plunge the state into anarchy.