Abia Wants FG, Security Agencies to Investigate Groups Instigating Violence, Maligning Governor Otti
SA Media Points Accusing Finger at Main Opposition Parties
As Abia people await the verdict of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, the state government Tuesday expressed alarm over orchestrated campaigns by some groups against Governor Alex Otti in order to destabilise the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma told a press conference in Umuahia that government was worried about the activities of “instigators of terror and insecurity” in the Abia.
To substantiate his claims, he referenced “videos arising from two press briefings conducted by individuals suspected to have been hired by opposition elements”.
Specifically, a group of young persons accused Otti of using Abia State funds to sponsor the legal battle of the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last Presidential Election, Mr. Peter Obi.
Another group also hit the governor, alleging that his four-month old government was “is sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to cause terror in the state”.
The groups went further and called for the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to deliver its verdict outside Abia in order to protect the judges.
According to the groups, the state government had concluded plans to intimidate the justices to either give Otti favourable judgment or risk their lives.
Ekeoma dismissed the allegations from “the strange groups” who have no stake in Abia but only doing the bidding of their sponsors to cause violence in God’s own state.
However, he acknowledged that “these allegations are weighty and have the propensity to cause disaffection, insecurity, breakdown of law and order, and even endanger the lives and property of innocent citizens”.
The SSA on Media and Publicity, therefore called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Chief of Army Staff, the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of Police to wade into the matter.
He urged them to “kindly use their good offices to cause immediate and thorough investigation into these allegations” made against Governor Otti.
“The young men who organised these press conferences should be invited by security agencies to come and throw more light on their allegations to enable law enforcement agents carry out thorough investigation that could lead to the arrest of culprits,” he said.
Ekeoma stated that the mandate of Governor Otti “is a product of a nationally celebrated governorship election victory, hence would not stand by and watch some faceless groups taint the governor.
“We consider it a demeaning insult and a provocative blackmaill for a group of greedy hatchet men with zero stake in the Abia project to sit behind the microphone and spew gibberish that lowers the office of the Governor of Abia state,” the Governor’s aide said.
He accused the governor’s traducers of “assaulting the sensibilities of our people who have heaved a sigh of relief since the emergence of Governor Alex Otti”.
“The hate, anger, bitterness and the trademark of terror contained in the text of the press conferences and on the facial expressions of the accusers showed a despicable design to subject the government and people of Abia state to public opprobrium”.