The Labour Party (LP) has condemned the Police attack on Peter Obi supporters in Ebonyi State on Saturday, stating that it considers it as a declaration of war.
In an issued statement at the weekend, LP’s National Publicity Secretary, Arabambi Abayomi, the party warned the All Progressive Congress (APC) that no one has the monopoly of violence, saying: “As violence and rascality is fast becoming the official policy and culture in the Nigerian political system, LP considers the attack on LP/Obidient supporters in Ebonyi State a declaration of war.
The statement further said, “It is now very clear that APC is set to use its hidden and unhidden cells in the groups of the bandits and killers it has kept nurturing in troubling the peace and the well-being of Nigeria against the marked opposition Labour Party as the only political party that gives APC worries and fears for the daily increasing level of massive and wide support LP enjoys across the nation.
“It will be sad if the Nigeria Police either knowingly or unintentionally allow Governments to rubbish the little gains it has been able to record in the minds of the people for a better professionalism”, it stated.
The party said the attack signalled that the Buhari led APC administration has not been able to defeat terrorism, banditry lawlessness kidnapping and official corruption. “It is evident that this administration has moved all Nigeria military hardware from various armouries to some APC-controlled States with a clear instructions to reduce Labour Party members through officially sponsored killing, banditry and murder”, it stated.
The LP further restated its commitment to Nigeria and its citizens into a united, peaceful and strong nation, assuring that no amount of violent attacks and intimidations shall discourage the party.
It challenged the IG of Police to quickly institute an inquiry into the Ebonyi State attack on the supporters of LP and immediately bring the guilty to face the law.