2nd of April, 2019.
UNWARRANTED ARREST OF APC LEADERS AND MEMBERS IN ISOKO NORTH IN GENERAL AND OYEDE WARD IN PARTICULAR, BY PDP LED GOVERNMENT OF DELTA STATE IS POLITICS OF BITTERNESS TAKEN TOO FAR!
The All Progressives Congress, Delta State, condemns in totality the unwarranted arrest and detention of APC Leaders and members in Isoko North in general and Oyede Ward in particular, by the Nigerian Police, Delta State Command, at the instigation and on behalf of PDP led government of Delta State.
It is a known fact that prior to the 2019 general elections, the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa gave a matching order to all his political Appointees and PDP members to deliver/win their Units/Wards for PDP at all cost, or risk been sacked. As a result of this devilish Order, PDP members in Delta State in general and Isoko North in particular, machinated all forms of evil plans, inimical to healthy practices and tenet of Democracy.
Some of the end products of their plans are but not limited to the followings:
1) Ballot snatching and stuffing.
2) Instigation of some Community leaders against APC leaders and members in their domain, opposed to election manipulations.
3) Instigation and removal of APC members from positions they were holding in Markets Union, Towns Union, public motor Parks etc.
4) Using heads of some churches to demonize APC members.
5) Using some Church leaders to Collect Pvcs of Church members, with the promise of using same to give them employment and empowerment.
6) Harassment, intimidation and causing of bodily injuries to APC members who dared challenged their nefarious activities.
Meanwhile, APC in Delta State, having got wind of PDP evil plans, sensitized all members of the Party on the need to be vigilant before, during and after the elections so that pdp evil plans do not materialize. Genuine members of APC in Delta State stood their ground during the elections, and their stance against elections’ manipulation enraged pdp members in Delta State, and Isoko North and/ or Oyede Ward in particular.
PDP evil efforts having been thwarted and minimized to the barest minimum, PDP members held an unholy meeting where it was agreed that all APC leaders and members who vehemently stood against their evil agenda should be dealt with and crumbled politically, economically and socially.
Having been emboldened by the assurances of their leaders, pdp members connived/cajoled the Nigerian Police to invade the homes of APC members, particularly of Isoko North/Oyede Ward to arrest them on trumped-up allegations of cultism and thuggery.
On the 9th of March, 2019, the following persons from Oyede Ward: Ojoh Israel Othuke, Opia
Omena, Idhove Kome, Odubu Egwolo, Endurance Monday, Arumagbere Messiah, Akpokorie Endurance and Abike Lucky were arrested, detained and after spending days in the police cell, they were released on bail, with financial inconveniences. Also, a renowned PDP member, Mr Akpoili from Ozoro ward 2, who later decamped to APC, four weeks before the 2019 general elections was also arrested and taken to Asaba on trumped-up allegation of incitement!
After the released of the above mentioned persons, the police further invaded Oyede Town and arrested the following people: Oba Rolinson, Amos Othuke, Opia James Omena, Ogheneovo Kennedy and Apapa Moses. After undergoing degrading treatment from the police in Police Headquarters in Asaba for days, they were released on bail with financial inconveniences.
PDP leaders who were bent on crippling APC in Isoko North, later had a meeting and names of APC leaders were penciled down for arrest and possibly causing of grievous bodily harm to them and/ or making sure that they are slammed with non-bailable offences in Courts. In furtherance of their evil plans, a renowned Social Crusader, Dr. Goodnews Agbi was invited by the police on fabricated lies from the pit of hell, that Dr. Agbi was involved in thuggery and election violence in Oyede Town. That aside, APC Stalwarts from outside Oyede Town, but of Isoko North extraction are being trailed on a daily basis by the police and pdp leaders for no just cause.
Information available to APC, Delta State says that some APC leaders and members in Isoko South, I
jaw, Ndokwa, Ika, Udu, Ughelli South, Uvwie, Sapele and Ethiope West Local Government Areas and other places in Delta State. suffered and are suffering the same fate that APC Leaders and members are suffering in Isoko North.
We want to state that the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees freedom of association and freedom to hold political opinions. Those fundamental rights are sacrosanct. The political gimmicks and evil machinations of pdp is flagrant abuse of the fundamental rights of APC members in Delta State.
We are not unaware of the fact that PDP is presently using the arrest of APC members as a bargaining tool to coarsed and reach out to APC Candidates to drop the pursuit of their election matters, pending before Election Tribunals. They (PDP) shall surely fail!
APC as a Party believes in following due process of law by approaching Court for injustice caused to her/her members, rather than taking up clubs and cudgels, unlike PDP whose stock in trade is winning elections at all cost to wit, unleashing of mayhem on political opponents. Despite PDP provocative attacks, APC, Delta State shall continue to follow legitimate means of righting the wrongs done to her, no matter whose ox is gored.
Meanwhile, we want to use this opportunity to call on the Nigerian Police to tow the line of integrity and non-partisanship in their duties, rather than abetting pdp in her determined political annihilation of any perceived political enemy. Men of the Nigerian Police should know very well that their involvement in partisanship will do them no good!
As for pdp political marauders, APC members and Deltans should not be pushed to the wall. By the actions of PDP in Delta State so far, APC, Delta State is almost at her tethers’ end, and is being constrained to invoke all available legal instrumentalities against PDP in Delta State. We will not fold our hands and allow pdp to perpetrate and perpetuate unquantifiable wrongs against APC members in Delta State.
PDP SHOULD HEED VOICE OF REASON.
PEOPLE OF GOODWILL SHOULD STAND UP AND FIGHT AGAINST PDP INJUSTICE IN DELTA STATE.
APC, A New Delta!!!
Barr. Ogheneluemu Sylvester Imonina,
Publicity Secretary, APC, Delta State.
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