Alleged statement against Obi, LP, handiwork of fifth columnist, says Ihedioha
Former Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, has distanced himself from a recent comment credited to him describing supporters of Labour Party and other political parties as saboteurs.
He described the alleged comment as the handiwork of “fifth columnists,” who are bent on denting his political image with unfortunate and unfounded attributions and statements.
In a statement signed by his Media Aide, Chibuike Onyeukwu, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, insisted that he neither referred to members of any other political party, especially the Labour Party, as saboteurs.
According to Onyeukwu, “Ihedioha only spoke in the context of PDP, and that emphasis was on the need for members of his party to remain consistent and committed.”
The statement partly reads: “A few days ago, Ihedioha, on the invitation of his kinsmen, was in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate this year’s Iri Ji (new yam festival) with the Mbaise community in that country.
“As a founding member and one of the leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he used the occasion to address PDP issues, particularly in Imo State and assuaged anxiety of members of his party, who have been apprehensive about developments within the party.
“In doing so, he decried the indifferent attitude and outright sabotage of some party leaders, who are engaging in acts that are detrimental to the success of the PDP, especially in the South East, by working in cahoots with other parties.
“He was only talking about members of his own political party.
“It is inconceivable that he will refer to anybody, who is supporting Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, his long-time friend, with whom he shares close political affinity and has the utmost respect as, a saboteur.”
“It is unfortunate that his well-intentioned speech, which addressed specific issues within his own political party, was, again, manipulated by fifth columnists to suit their mischievous scheme of bringing him into conflict with Obi, whose unwavering political philosophy of “Taking Back Nigeria” from the draconian stranglehold of the failed ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), he wholeheartedly shares.”