The Imo State Government has called for the arrest and prosecution of stalwarts of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who made the call said the party leaders have by their stand on the present security challenges in the state admitted responsibility.
Emelumba stated that the leadership of the PDP was latching on the murder of ex-presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak to make spurious demands, which show that the party has been orchestrating insecurity in the state.
The PDP had at a news conference on Thursday, June 3, demanded the resignation of the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma for his failure to stem the rising insecurity in the state.
The party regretted that insecurity had been allowed to creep into the state, saying that part of the reason for the insecurity was the imposition of Senator Uzodimma as governor of the state by the Supreme Court.
Emelumba recalled that right from the inception of the administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma, the PDP leaders, particularly a former Deputy Governor, Gerald Irona, had vowed to make the state ungovernable if they failed to get the review of the Supreme Court judgement on the governorship election in their favour.
Emelumba noted that it was all over the social media, where the party leadership made this threat which was even on video, and it was never denied nor retracted since then the PDP has been on a mission to actualizing it, evidenced by the organised protests they staged in the early stages of the Uzodimma administration.
He observed that PDP never condemned the attacks on the Correctional Centre, the burning of police stations and killings in the state, showing that they condoned the attacks.
Emelumba said, “PDP is condoning these attacks, because it seems like they are playing a script and are very happy that they have reached the climax that is why they are issuing very illogical and unreasonable demands”.
He asserted that they were making bogus claims saying that government is responsible for the people killed.
He noted that the PDP has failed to take proactive action, identify with government or even call the criminals to order.
He said that by their attitude they condoned the attacks making themselves culpable, and admitting responsibility for the insecurity challenges in the state.
The commissioner pointed out that they selectively condemned the murder of the PDP youth leader in Oru East but ignored the three security men who died alongside.