Abia PDP Denies Instigating Violence, Says Govt. Heating up Polity
Knocks Govt. for Using Scaremongering, Scapegoating to Cover Its Lapses
The Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has absolved itself from the allegation of instigating violence levelled by the state government against the main opposition parties.
Abia PDP Vice-chairman/Acting Publicity Secretary, Hon Abraham Amah in a statement made available to the media on Wednesday, said that the immediate past ruling party has maintained a peaceful disposition since it exited from power.
He accused the successor government of “scaremongering and scapegoating the PDP to divert attention from its ineptitude”.
The recriminations between the government controlled Labour Party and the two major opposition parties (PDP and APC) erupted few days to the judgment day on the two petitions filed against Otti at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The state government had through the Special Adviser to Governor Alex Otti on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ferdinand Ekeoma, had at a press briefing on Tuesday accused the main opposition parties of formenting trouble.
He pointedly stated that the main opposition parties in Abia were behind the two groups that accused Governor Otti of paying the legal bills of LP’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi as well as sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra.
But the Abia PDP spokesman countered that having identified the two groups that made weighty allegations against the Abia governor, his aide still went ahead to accuse the main opposition parties of being the sponsors without substantiating the claims.
He said: “Abia PDP is a responsible and law abiding organization that has issued press releases several times and never hid under the umbrella of nebulous organisations to advance or promote its causes.
“We are very bold to own whatever we put out to the public and we insist that Alex Otti and the Labour Party are the ones overheating Abia with scaremongering and the earlier this rascality is called to order the better.
“Rather than ask the security agencies to apprehend and investigate the two groups who openly identified themselves and are clearly not members of PDP, Otti still hid under their usual shaming of the PDP tactics to point accusing fingers at the party.
“It smacks of political mischief and irresponsibility for the Labour Party to have an external locus of control and never admits its errors and mistakes but always looks for who to blame”.
However, Amah said that the blame game of Abia government did not surprise the PDP as “Otti and his government would continue to scapegoat the PDP for its irredeemable problems”.
“For the past four months the only thing they have done is to locate their failures at the doorstep of the PDP,” he added.
The PDP spokesman also faulted the statement credited to the governor’s aide suggesting that the verdict of Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to be delivered on Friday was already known by government.
He said that such utterances “is subjudice in a suit still pending in court (and) speaks to the incompetence and confusion that have trailed and enveloped (Otti’s) administration right from inception”.
Amah said that the Abia PDP “is curious to know” how Otti got the revelation about a favourable outcome of the petitions against his mandate three days to the judgment day.
“This is a red flag that should not be swept under the rug,” he stated.
“We are constrained to call on the judicial authorities to investigate this revelation by Otti about the October 6 judgment because it is clearly subjudice and raises the specter of compromise in the litigation process of the election petition tribunal”.