The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State appear to be gearing for a show down over the planned return of former Governor Emeka Ihedioha to the state since his removal from office by the Supreme Court on January 14, 2020.
Addressing a news conference in Owerri, the State Chairman of the APC, Chief Marcellinus Nlemigbo, accused the PDP of hiding under home coming reception of Chief Ihedioha to carry out a protest in the state. He alleged that the opposition party had sworn to destabilize the state and called on security agencies to ensure adequate protection of lives and property.
Chief Nlemigbo warned those he described as mischief makers not to perceive the peaceful disposition of Governor Hope Uzodinma led administration as weakness, noting that government would not relent to ensure sanity in the polity. Meanwhile, the State Secretary of the PDP, Nze Ray Emeana, has described the allegation of the APC as baseless, noting that the party had always conducted its activities in peaceful manner. He said it was only fair for the party and its supporters to accord grand reception to the former Governor, whom he said had redefined governance in the state.