Labour Party has expressed bitterness over the event surrounding the secretariat of the Labour Party (LP) in Imo State that got sealed by the police.
A statement issued on Monday, April 3, by the national secretary of the LP Umar Farouk, stated that the secretariat was sealed by the police in connivance with the state government.
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 unauthorized 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 action against the party, this time, the government said that the action was due to a court order.”
He added: “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.”
He noted that the police had also informed the party that it had not detailed any of their officers and men to the Labour Party secretariat in Imo state.
Farouk urged members of the party in the state to be peaceful even in the face of the present provocation.