Hours after the commissioner of police, Imo State command, Bolaji Fafowara, banned Imo citizens from welcoming Chief Emeka Ihedioha today, the Peoples Democratic Party in the state has insisted on welcoming the former deputy speaker.
In a statement signed by the secretary of Imo PDP, Ray Emeana, He insisted that the party was not planning any protest or any action that would destabilise the state.
Emeana noted that the party was renowned for its peaceful dispositions.
There statement read, “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Imo State Chapter has been drawn to a misleading statement by the All Progressives Congress, APC, wherein our great party was accused of planning to destabilize the state.”
“We wish to state as follows:
1. Contrary to their false alarm, Imo State PDP is not planning any protest.
2. That our great party and its teeming members are only making preparations to receive our Leader and the Peoples Hero, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, who is scheduled to return to the state on Thursday, 12th March, 2020 to among other engagements, participate in the party Wards Congresses slated for Saturday, 14th March, 2020.
3. As a law abiding party, it is on record that we have held peaceful protests in the state in recent past, when it was necessary, which Imolites are witnesses.
4. That it is noteworthy that the All Progressives Congress, (APC) is notorious for violence and brigandage and the PDP as a disciplined party, will not be intimidated by the grandstanding of the few, who are struggling with the stigma of illegitimacy.
5. For the avoidance of doubt, our leader, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON, and our great party are widely known as peace lovers and as such, will not engage in acts capable of inflicting more hardship on Imolites who have been pauperized since the Supreme Court judgement of January 14, 2020.
6. It has however, come to our notice that the APC has concluded plans to hire hoodlums with a view to infiltrating the planned peaceful reception of our leader to foment trouble and blame it on our party.
7. We hereby implore our teeming members and Imolites in general to troop out en mass to receive our Hero, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha CON and never be deterred nor provoked by anybody or group of persons into any act of lawlessness.
Imo bu nke anyi nile.”
Ihedioha would return to the state for the first since been ousted by the Supreme Court in January 14, 2020.