By Victor Nwachukwu
The police in Imo on Saturday called for calm as youths protested following the postponement of the All Progressives Congress, APC, local government congress.
The deputy commissioner of police, Mr Ahmed Magaji, urged the protesting youths to go home and attend to their lawful businesses.
“Imo is a peaceful state. We therefore enjoin you to go about your lawful businesses and not allow anything to tarnish the good image of the state”, he said.
In another development however, the leadership of the APC in state said it noticed with dismay the recent removal and replacement of the majority leader, Imo House of Assembly, Mr Uche Oguwuike and the purported plan to impeach the deputy governor, Eze Madumere.
APC Chairman in Imo, Mr Hillary Eke described the moves as unconstitutional and an aberration to the rule of law.
“The party wishes to use this opportunity to remind the leadership of the Imo state House of Assembly that it is the sole responsibility of the ruling party to remove and replace principal officers of the house.
“The removal of Uche Oguwuike is an aberration to the rule of law. And as we all know, Eze Madumere is a man of honour that has served this government meritoriously.
“He has the right to vie for any elective position. The news making the rounds that the Imo state House of Assembly intends to initiate an impeachment process against Madumere is not healthy at this point in time that the party is making concerted efforts to unite.
“The APC in Imo strongly condemns any form of victimisation to subdue one aspirant to the advantage of another. Remember the saying that ‘when you point one finger at someone, the remaining four point back to you”, he said.
He therefore appealed to the APC in Imo to remain calm and focused, adding: “The APC family in Imo is one strong, indivisible family that abhors intimidation. we are bounded in unity and together we shall overcome”, he concluded.