By our correspondent
As controversy continuous to trail alleged electoral fraud in Imo state exposed by the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere Imo, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the state government that it would not tolerate any threat on his life.
In a statement yesterday, the state PDP said no attack, threat, or harassment of the spokesperson of the CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, who unraveled the alleged electoral heist would be tolerated.
The PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Collins Opurozor wh gave the warning in a statement in Owerri, Imo State said the party was reacting to last Friday’s outburst, where the state government, through the Commissioner for Information and strategy, Mr. Declan Emelumba, was reacting to allegations of inflation of names and figures of registered voters leveled against the state.
It would be recalled that the government called on relevant security agencies to arrest and investigate the CUPP and its spokesperson to ascertain his source of information.
“Not a single hair shall fall from his head, not a scratch found on his body. Apart from recommending that Ikenga Ugochinyere should be jailed for displaying such patriotism that has never been seen in modern Nigeria, Governor Hope Uzodinma further sought to drag our candidate into the insecurity miasma in Imo State.
“What is pressing to quickly state is that, by yet again politicizing the horrible security situation in the Imo and attempting to bring our candidate into it, our suspicion is further enriched, that the bloodshed in parts of Imo is willfully left to fester by the Governor so as to profit from it and destroy his perceived political foes.
“Imo PDP, therefore, warns that no attack, threat, or harassment of Ikenga Ugochinyere by the failed regime of APC in Imo State will be tolerated. Not a single hair shall fall from his head, not a scratch found on his body.
“For Imo PDP, it is sheer audacity in criminality for the Governor to still find his voice to issue threats when by now he is supposed to be telling Nigerians his role in this treasonable offence which seeks to truncate our democracy.
“We commend the shrewdness and dexterity brought to bear by our candidate in exposing the monumental electoral malfeasance, and we are deeply elated that Nigerians and lovers of democracy all over the world are in sync with us in our demand for justice to be done in this matter and perpetrators of this sleaze brought to book.
“Nigerians must rise to defend our democracy. They must no longer sit back and watch Governor Uzodinma sabotage all the efforts made to advance the frontiers of democracy in the country through groundbreaking electoral reforms. What has happened with the compromise of the voters register is pure treason, and it must be known and treated as such.
“Our party calls on security agencies to immediately place the Governor on security watchlist and commence painstaking investigations into his activities, as he has become a clear and present danger to our democracy and national security.
“It could be recalled that this Governor had boasted publicly that he came to power in Imo through the backdoor, or what he termed “The Ben Johnson Way”.
“Our party urges Nigerians to resist Uzodinma’s latest contrivances to return to power through the same backdoor. To be sure, some INEC officials and security operatives who are in bed with Uzodinma must be wary and realize they are enabling a man who is determined to destroy the soul of our democracy.
“Imo PDP will be addressing a world press conference shortly to make more mind-boggling revelations about the massive voter register compromise in the state.
“Our charge to INEC in the meantime is to understand that this matter touches on the sanctity, integrity and credibility of our electoral system, and that the world is watching to see how the electoral umpire will clean up the mess”, the statement read.