Mr Silas Onu, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ebonyi says the party will not be deterred in carrying out opposition activities by attacks, intimidation and threats by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Onu, PDP’s Caretaker Publicity Secretary in Ebonyi stated this in a statement he signed and a copy was obtained by our reporter on Wednesday in Abakaliki.
The chieftain who described credible opposition as a critical component of representative democracy, said opposition members would not succumb to any unprovoked attacks harrassment, intimidation or threat to life.
Onu, in the statement alleged that state government sponsored a report captioned: ‘Re: Gov. Dave Umahi declares Barr. Silas Joseph Onu Wanted And To Be Arrested Anywhere Found Within Ebonyi’ described the action as ‘an open and brazen threat to his life.’
The statement reads in part: “My attention has just been drawn to the above captioned report which was aired on radio in Abakaliki on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
“Last week, i was reliably informed that the Ebonyi governor, as part of his subterranian plots against me, was set to declare me wanted over the crisis between Ezza and Effium communities in Ohaukwu local government area.
“When i got that information, i didn’t take it seriously as no sane person will stoop so low as to embark on such a criminally driven quest simply to satisfy a political misgiving. So, i took no action.
“Today, I have been inundated with calls from sympathetic fellow Ebonyi compatriots that they heard an announcement on radio wherein the governor of Ebonyi declared me wanted.
“As shocking as the news is, i am still at a loss as to why there should be such desparation to silence and forbid any opposition in the state.
“One will imagine that if I have the capacity to instigate crisis between Ezza and Effium for whatever reason, won’t it be more expedient to do such an instigation in Uburu, my own community ?
“This brazen and unprovoked attacks, intimidation and attempt by state government to muzsle opposition can only energise and spur opposition members to fight to liberate the state from maladministration.”
Onu who hails from the same Uburu in Ohaozara LGA with Umahi ssaid that his only political crime was not being in the same political party with the governor.
“We have freedom of association as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as amended, hence, everyone is free to belong to any political party of choice.
“Why is the governor so concerned about my political choice and membership of the People’s Democratic Party?
“I will not runaway from my home because of political persecution and witchhunt from the powers-that-be.
“I reside in Abuja and will be in Ebonyi whenever I have a reason to be there. I dare anyone to kill me when they see me.
“I know that the open declaration is a cover for government to also deploy assassins after me; my life is in God’s hands and there is nothing any man can do to me, unless God approves it.
“Even as we continue to countdown to the end of this administration, I will remain undeterred in my political pursuit to entrone good governance in our dear state,” he added.