… Police Seal Secretariat
By Sunny A Ijomah
The Labour Party has condemned the invasion of its office in Imo State.
In a statement on Monday, the National Secretary of the party, Comrade Umar Farouk, stated that the secretariat was sealed by the police in alleged connivance with the state government.
The party alleged further that the action was part of a plot by Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, to install a Governorship candidate in the Labour Party and control the LP Leadership in Imo.
‘The national leadership of the Labour Party is shocked over the invasion and occupation of its Secretariat in Owerri, Monday, April 3, 2023, by the agents of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, including thugs and unauthorized policemen drafted from the Government House,’ the statement read, recalling that a similar action took place on the same secretariat on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
Comrade Farouk stated that unlike the March invasion where no reason was given by the state government on why it took ‘such unlawful action against the party’, this time, the government said that the action was due to a court order.
‘But as of this moment, no such order, to our knowledge, was given. No order has been presented to us by the court or its agents. The policemen presently occupying our secretariat have not even shown us the order. At the moment, all our officials and staff have been barred from accessing the secretariat.
‘We have contacted the office of the Inspector General of Police on the ongoing development in the state and it has been confirmed that the Force is not aware of any security breach whatsoever in the state to warrant the occupation of our secretariat.
‘The Labour Party, however, is not unmindful of the efforts of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, to hijack the Leadership of the party in Imo State,’ the national secretary said.
Noting that the police had also informed the party that it had not detailed any of their officers and men to the LP secretariat in Imo State and that the officers might have been drafted from the State House in the State, Comrade Farouk urged members of the party to be peaceful, even in the face of the present provocation.