The All Progressives Congress, APC, Imo State chapter has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against using the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to achieve its inordinate objective in the state.
The APC gave the warning following IPOB’s refutal of ordering a sit-at-home order against the one-day working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Imo State.
In a disclaimer, Mazi Chika Edoziem of the Directorate of State of the separatist group, while dissociating his group from the said order, described it as handiwork of saboteurs and enemies of the people.
The APC, in a statement dated 9th September, 2021 and signed by its spokesman, Cajetan Duke said it was alarmed at the excitement and enthusiasm with which the mischievous and misleading sit-at-home order was circulated on various online media platforms by agents and sympathizers of the PDP.
The party said; “We are no longer in doubt of the extent Imo PDP could go, to undermine the peace, security and development of our state, Imo. It is however unfortunate, that desperation has overwhelmed the opposition PDP.
“While the All Progressives Congress will continue to advocate for heathy democratic culture, the party frowns at the politics of falsehood, destruction and blackmail which regrettably has become the trademark of Imo PDP.
“We appeal to the good people of Imo State to be vigilant at all times and be wary of PDP and its media hirelings, whose penchant for fabrication of falsehood to create panic and incite the people against government in the state has assumed a notorious dimension. Our people must continue to avoid PDP and its acrimonious brand of politics of ‘if not me, no one’.
“To this end, we appeal to ndi Imo to discontenance the fake sit–at-home order issued by PDP under the guise of IPOB. This shows that PDP in Imo nay Nigeria lacks the popularity and credibility to influence the action of the masses.
“We encourage our people to go about their lawful businesses, as we file out today in our usual hospitable disposition to welcome the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on his one day working visit to Imo State.”
Our correspondent reports that the streets of Owerri was deserted during the president’s visit as many residents remained indoors in compliance with the sit-at-home order by IPOB.