Ousted Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has cancelled his deliberate return to the state.
Ihedioha accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of utilizing his return to trigger mayhem and arrest his supporters.
All Progressive Congress (APC), on Wednesday, accused Ihedioha and Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) of plotting to make use of his return to protest the Supreme Court docket judgment overview, and trigger issues for the state.
Police Commissioner Bolaji Fafowora issued a press release warning towards any gathering. He mentioned the ban on protests and rallies was but to be lifted.
Ihedioha, in a press release yesterday, mentioned opposite to what Uzodinma needed the general public to imagine, the federal government was planning to arrest and detain his supporters coming to welcome him dwelling.
The previous governor mentioned his postponed return was in step with his non-violence stance as a result of his go to was not definitely worth the lifetime of anyone.
He mentioned: “Whereas I’ve elected to steer clear of household and mates in Imo, I’m not conscious that I’ve been exiled from the state. I plan to take part within the ongoing PDP congresses tomorrow.
Sadly, the federal government’s assertion has accused me of planning to guide violent protests and import thugs to perpetrate violence.
Nothing may very well be farther from the reality. I’m not, and have by no means been, a violent individual. My popularity is that of peace and truthful play. I’ve by no means propagated or tolerated violence and I by no means will.
“Quite the opposite, I’ve been knowledgeable that the federal government, performing in live performance with some rogues throughout the safety equipment, is planning the arrest and detention of lots of our supporters, and to go to mayhem on the group anticipated to return welcome me.
By judging me by their very own character, their scheme is to stigmatise and garb us within the toga of violence. These are the tendencies of unpopular and illegitimate regimes.
I’ve, due to this fact, postponed my journey to Owerri to frustrate their plans and machinations. My go to shouldn’t be definitely worth the lifetime of any Imo individual. Nevertheless, deploying safety personnel and thugs can not deter us from pursuing our collective imaginative and prescient for a greater Imo.”