The Imo State Government has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to stage a protest under the guise of welcoming ousted Governor Emeka Ihedioha back to Imo State.
According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, the protesters plan to display placards condemning the Supreme Court for refusing to reverse their judgment in favour of Ihedioha and the PDP.
They, Nwachuku suggested, plan to start the protest at the airport and proceed to Owerri, the state capital.
“Government is also aware that they have imported thugs from neighbouring states for this purpose because the few members left in their ranks cannot make the impact they crave for,” he said.
Describing the proposed protest as a devilish plot by Ihedioha and the PDP, he called on security agencies to take note and ensure that there is no breach of peace in the state. The statement reiterated that the government will not take kindly any act geared towards truncating it, more so if such acts are deliberate.
“The state government wants to make it abundantly clear that it will no longer tolerate unbridled affront on constituted authorities in the name of the exercise of freedom of expression,” Nwachuku continued.
He described as unfortunate the refusal of Ihedioha and the PDP to accept the final judgment of the Supreme Court as truly final. He added that the former governor and his cohorts have, thus, attempted to once again sponsor protests, perhaps to accomplish their earlier threat that if the Supreme Court failed to reverse their judgment, they “would make Imo State ungovernable.”
“There must be an end to every litigation and that of Imo governorship tussle which came to an end on 3rd March 2020 cannot be an exception. Any further attempt by the supposed leaders and their cohorts to take laws into their hands will be treated for what it is and those involved will face the full wrath of the law,” he concluded.
Residents of the state were, however, advised to remain peaceful, as the government assured them that it will not shy away from its core responsibility of protecting lives and property.