All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Ebonyi State, Professor Bernard Odoh, cried out that his life was in danger, following the withdrawal of the security attached to him by the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State Command, Faleye Olaleye.
The withdrawal was done about 72 hours before Saturday’s Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections in the State.
The APGA Governorship candidate disclosed this in a statement he made to newsmen. He alleged that the Ebonyi State Police Command had become a willing tool in the hands of Ebonyi State government.
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“As a matter of fact, the AIG in Port harcourt who assigned some of his men to me following IGP’s approval is irked about the fact that the CP unilaterally withdrew all officers attached to me without recourse to him or the IGP.
“Following the withdrawal of officers from my residence in Abakaliki and my Umuezeokoha village, I suspect very strongly that both Governor Umahi, the APC Governorship candidate and Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru and the Police may be up for a game to perhaps plant dangerous weapons within my vicinity and then frame me up in order to get a substantive evidence.”
The APGA Governorship Candidate made a called to the Inspector General of police, and other security agencies to protect him, his immediate and extended families from the alleged devious plots of his political opponents.
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“The Ebonyi State Police Command has now become more of the devil’s advocate- a very willing tool in the hands of a conspicuously desperate Umahi-led APC administration in Ebonyi to harass, intimidate, coerce and arrest my supporters with myself being hunted extra-judicially.
“I raise this alarm with a strong sense of responsibility as the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in the Ebonyi 2023 Governorship candidate calling on the IGP, the DSS and sister security agencies to protect me, my immediate and extended families from the devious plots of the Ebonyi State government. I have been attacked seven times with not less than 14 of my supporters and close staff unjustly killed. Yet, no single arrest or serious investigations have been made by the police despite several petitions.
“That Governor Umahi, Speaker Nwifuru and the CP should be held responsible for any harm that befalls me as we hope to wrap up our campaigns ahead of Saturday’s polls. I haven’t committed any crime other than seeking the mandate of Ebonyians to pilot their affairs.
“I finally encourage my teeming supporters to remain calm, peaceful, law-abiding and very RESOLUTE in their uncommon determination to vote APGA and defend their votes for us at the polls this Saturday.”
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