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LP accuses Abia govt of instigating unprovoked acts of political violence

By Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia
05 September 2022   |   3:55 am
The Abia State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), at the weekend, accused the state government of being behind what it called “rising wave of unprovoked acts of political violence” in the state, saying that the PDP-led state government should be held accountable if law and order breaks down in the state.

The Abia State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), at the weekend, accused the state government of being behind what it called “rising wave of unprovoked acts of political violence” in the state, saying that the PDP-led state government should be held accountable if law and order breaks down in the state.

In a statement jointly issued by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Njoku Ajike and the Spokesman of the Dr. Alex Otti Guber Campaign Organisation, Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma, the party stated:

“We note with shock and disappointment the rising wave of unprovoked acts of political violence being unleashed by agents of PDP-led state government against our members and supporters, as well as on properties belonging to the aforementioned persons.”

They disclosed that, in some cases, members and supporters of LP were threatened, attacked in their houses, ejected from venues of meetings or prevented from holding peaceful gatherings.

They alleged that there was a plot by the state government to use false petitions to intimidate and illegally incarcerate LP members, especially its candidates whom they consider threat to their ambitions and described the plot an impunity, which LP has resolved to fiercely and fearlessly repel.

“Under any circumstance would the party sit idly and watch Abia government and PDP unleash brigands on our law abiding members, supporters and indeed innocent Abians,” the statement read.

He said the LP is a peaceful political party made up of responsible and law abiding citizens, who are desirous of pursuing its political ambitions with decency and decorum, devoid of violence and brigandage, and thus, would not intentionally engage in acts capable of breaching the peace in Abia and endangering life and property.