The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to intervene in the crisis between the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi and the Ebonyi state chapter of the PDP.
While the governor has accused the state PDP leaders of being behind the various violent clashes in the state, the party in turn has accused the governor of sponsoring the crisis and blaming the opposition for it.
At a media conference in Abuja on Thursday, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, complained of harassment, intimidation and unfounded criminal allegations against PDP stakeholders in the state.
Recall that the governor, during a recent courtesy call on him by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 9, accused prominent leaders of the PDP including, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Senator Sam Egwu, Chief Ali Odefa, Hon. Linus Okorie among others, as sponsors of banditry and violence in the state.
But Ologbondiyan said it’s common knowledge that the governor has been recruiting and arming that thugs who have been unleashing violence on innocent citizens, particularly members of the opposition.
The PDP said: “These agents of APC government in Ebonyi State have also resorted to using the thugs to disrupt the meetings of our party as well as foist a reign of terror in the state, wherein thugs have taken over the streets and openly extort money from helpless motorists.
“Only recently, a member of our Party, Barr. Amos Ogbonnaya, who refused to join Governor Umahi to the APC was abducted and later released with life threatening injuries after much public outcry. He is still in the intensive care unit of the hospital.