The Enugu Good Governance Group has accused the Labor Party (LP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) of playing politics with insecurity in the state.
The group, which was responding to the announcement of the campaign’s suspension by the two parties due to what they described as security concerns following the recent attack on communities in the state’s Isi-Ozu local government area by suspected sponsors, stressed that the LP and APGA could not suspend unless they initiated it. Primarily.
This came in a press release issued by the Enugu Good Governance Group on Friday, saying that opposition parties in the state failed to give credit to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration for the quiet successes recorded in securing the state within the country’s existing legal frameworks.
Remember, suspected herders attacked communities in the Isi-Uzo LGA on Saturday, resulting in many casualties.
In response, opposition parties announced the suspension of their campaign due to safety concerns.
But in a statement issued by its National Coordinator Comrade Odenaka Okechukwu, the group said: “It is unfortunate that some politicians are bent on earning political capital from the misery of our people. No one should play politics over something as dangerous as security.”
“By the way, the people of Enugu are not aware that APGA or Labor Party candidates are campaigning anywhere in the state, as their presence is imperceptible anywhere. So how can they claim they are stuck with what they did not start in the first place?”
Also, it is clear that one of the goals of the renewed attacks is to blow up the 2023 general elections in the state. Therefore, we encourage the candidates who started their campaigns to continue, because to do otherwise would be tantamount to surrendering to the plots of the enemies of peace, security and democracy in Enugu State.”
The group, whose coordinator is from Mgbuji, is Eha-Amufu as Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, said the latter had no moral justification for criticizing the Ugwuanyi administration under which he served as commissioner for two terms, especially since he had failed to help address the insecurities of Isi-Uzo as someone who had held various positions assigned to Isi-Uzo for over 25 years.
This beast of shepherds grew and took root during the reign of Edioja as the political leader of Magbuji and Iha Amofu. No serious effort was made to quell this crisis.
“Over two years since the insecurity and suspected killings of herders began in Eha-Amufu, Chijioke Edeoga has never joined the people of Isi-Uzo in any of the scenes of crisis in the forest.
“It is sad that while the residents of Eha-Amufu were in the Ikpakpara Agu-Amede Forest, visiting the crime scene, providing financial and material assistance to the victims; while the government was intervening, Ideuga was busy hosting members of the Labor Party at St. Philips Church in Iha-Amufu,” the statement added. .
The group challenged Edeoga to include the security infrastructure he had attracted to local government or the Eha-Amufu community as a former Speaker, Member, House of Representatives, Presidential Assistant and two-term Commissioner of Enugu State.
“The general insecurity in the country, and the strongly condemned attacks by suspected shepherds and bandits, have unfortunately become a matter of national concern.
However, Governor Ifeanyi’s administration must be given due credit for the successes recorded in managing security in the state.
“Despite the national security challenges, Enugu has remained one of the safest and most peaceful countries.
It concluded, “This is a call for our political leaders to cooperate with the government in its efforts to secure lives and property within the latitudes permitted by the nation’s constitutional framework, rather than playing politics of despair with security challenges.”
2023: Frank Nweki, Chigeyuki Edeuga Play Politics With Insecurity – Enugu Group