IG should probe Enugu attack on LP – Party

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The Labour Party has condemned the incessant attacks on its supporters in Enugu State, pleading that the adoption of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, by the masses should not be met with brutality and harassment.

The party’s National Vice Chairman (South-East), Mr Innocent Okeke, in a statement, on Tuesday, said the political strategy to cow the people “is infantile and will certainly be counterproductive.”

The party called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, to investigate the development in the state.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Labour Party (South East) has been drawn to the constant barbaric attacks on members of the party and wanton destruction of party’s properties in Enugu State by hired thugs.

“We have watched with dismay but to the seeming delight of the PDP-led Enugu State Government, several violent attacks taking place with targets being members of our party within the last two months.

“This is even as members of the other political parties in the state, notably the PDP, are going about their political activities and town hall meetings unchallenged and unharmed.

“Labour Party condemns this undemocratic action. Freedom of association is sacrosanct in our constitution and the adoption of Peter Obi by the masses should not be met with brutality and harassment.”

The party recalled that its members were first attacked on August 30 at Aninri.

It also mentioned another attack on members on September 4 in Awgu and then the latest attack on September 24 in Nomeh, Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.

The statement added, “Labour Party will not resort to violence, no matter the level of provocation. We encourage our members and followers to remain calm and focused.

“Our party, as the face of the masses, has come to change their old narrative of destructive tendencies, intimidations, harassment and killings.

“A new Nigeria is possible. This, the enemies of democracy in Enugu are fighting unsuccessfully to truncate. The movement has overwhelmed them and the thought of having the real owners of the country reclaim it through Peter Obi is giving them sleepless nights.”


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