A group, Global Association of Concerned Imo Youths (GAICY), has said Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo State, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be held liable if there is any security breach in the state during the yuletide season and beyond.
This was made known in a statement signed by Collins Ughalaa, Convener of GAICY, in reaction to recent comments made by Ihedioha.
According to the group, Ihedioha’s recent comments at the recent Egbu Declaration anniversary when he said he would become the next governor of the state without campaigning and the Imo PDP travel advisory to all Imolites not to visit the state in December due to security issues speaks a lot of volumes about the potential crisis purportedly hatched by the duo.
It added that the comments and actions by the former governor and the PDP are meant to destabilise the state of the peace that it is currently enjoying as a result of efforts by the Governor Hope Uzodimma-led administration.
The statement read: “This flippancy, which comes on the heels of the Governor’s recent invite to Imo people worldwide to visit for the Christmas and New Year holidays without fear of molestation, is calculated not only to contradict Governor Hope Uzodimma, but also to cancel the State’s reputation as prime hospitality/investment destination.
“GACIY resolutely rejects this falsehood knowing it to be the work of idle hands acting out the script of tin gods of the most toxic, embittered, soulless, and diseased political opposition ever to afflict Imo.
“Imo, like every dwelling place on the planet, is not without its own fair share of bad eggs, but contrary to PDP’s perverse imagination, the situation has been brought under control by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
“If Imo State under Uzodimma is truly the Hobbesian nightmare the party claims, how come it was able to stage its 4th anniversary of Egbu Declaration last Saturday without any security breach? How come Mr Ihedioha stood on an open-air platform singing, dancing, clowning, groping, lying without any skirmish?”
The statement added: “Is it not curious that barely 24hrs after Emeka spoke in parables at the Egbu Declaration anniversary, the PDP tactfully issued that fake ‘travel advisory’ warning Imo diaspora to shun Christmas in Imo? Is it not obvious that the party eats from the same bowl as men of the underworld?
“This is precisely why the party never condemns violence, but would quickly hit at the government for stemming insecurity.
“This recent threat, disguised as ‘travel advisory’ is meant to precede a planned social upheaval so that the party can say to revelers, “we told you so”. But like always, they will meet their waterloo.
“GACIY will not sit idle and watch a resentful, overly ambitious entity pour petrol on our land and strike a match.”
The group called on Governor Uzodimma and his administration not to take the threat posed by Ihedioha and the PDP lightly, saying: the “government should do all it can to nip it in the bud and ensure that there is peace and security in the state throughout the yuletide and beyond”.
It also called on the security agencies in the state to “rise up, nip this threat in the bud, and bring masterminds to book”.
All Imolites in the diaspora who wish to visit for the yuletide, according to the group, should visit assured of a serene heartland with improved security.