The secretariat of the Labour Party in Imo State, has been sealed by the police in connivance with the state government, according to the national secretary of the party, Umar Farouk, in a statement issued on Monday.
The statement read: “The national leadership of the Labour Party is shocked over the invasion and occupation of its Secretariat in Owerri, today, Monday, April 3, 2023, by the agents of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, including thugs and unauthorised policemen from the government house.
“Such an illegal occupation is akin to a similar invasion on the same secretariat on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.”
Farouk said 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 the 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.
He noted 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.
Farouk urged members of the party in the state to be peaceful even in the face of the present provocation.
Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, said that the allegation was unfounded.
The Governor’s spokesperson said: “The Labour Party’s allegation is unfounded. They should stop pointing fingers at the wrong place.”