By Perez Brisibe
The Delta State chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, are currently enmeshed in a war of words over the renewed attacks by armed herdsmen in some parts of the state.
At least six farmers were last week confirmed killed in Abraka community of Ethiope East Local Government Area by suspected herdsmen.
Reacting to the killings, the APC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Sylvester Imonina, explained that the killings and destruction of property in parts of the state gave the impression that the state government had abdicated its responsibilities.
The party said: “In Delta State, it is on record that the government receives billions of Naira as security vote. What is Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa doing with the huge sums earmarked for security in the state?”
The party also asked the police and other sister security agencies in the state to up their game in tackling the spate of insecurity.
Responding, the PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza described the statement as hugely disappointing in content and context.
The statement reads: “The party is even becoming progressively worried by the growing activities of unprovoked attacks, maiming and perennial killing of helpless Deltans, particularly in the Abraka axis of the state where the so-called ‘Peoples General’ is lord and master and holds sway with unchallenged autocracy, over his fiefdom.
“That Governor Okowa had turned a blind eye to the legal/moral responsibility placed on him by the law and that members of Delta State Vigilante survive on the crumbs from good spirited members of the public, while the government of Delta State cares less about their welfare, is not only misleading, but a lie, which can only be manufactured in the laboratory of falsehood, operated at full capacity by the fractured and factionalised Delta APC.”
“There is no doubt whatsoever that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led-administration has not only performed exceedingly well in the area of security and peacebuilding in his first tenure.”