The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State Chapter, has been drawn to the unwarranted and satanic assault on His Grace Archbishop Anthony J. V. Obinna, the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, by officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State. The infamous attack which was not the first on the Archbishop and the Catholic Church by same agents of the Imo State Government occurred during a requiem mass for the late mother of Chief Alex Mbata held at St. Michael Catholic Church, Ngwoma, Obube Owerri North LGA, Imo State and in the presence of the governor’s wife, Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha and his Chief of staff, Mr. Uche Nwosu.
Obviously, this is one aggression too many. It has become the hallmark of the APC government and its officials in Imo State to always met out physical assault on perceived critics of the party and the government. They are undoubtedly averse to criticism even when it is clear that they have grossly mis-managed the state and her resources, and foisted untold hardship on the people.
To have attacked a highly revered cleric like Archbishop AJV Obinna under the supervision and in full glare of governor Okorocha’s wife and his Chief of Staff is a pointer to what Imo people should expect in the days ahead as 2019 General Elections draw nearer. The Archbishop’s crime was that he echoed the minds of majority of Imolites by urging the people to acquire their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and be ready to vote out the incompetent, visionless and anti-people APC government in Imo State.
The Archbishop incontrovertibly spoke the minds of Imolites who are fed up with the APC administration. Besides, as a Nigerian, he has right to freedom of expression just as the APC miscreants who attacked him, equally have a right to reply him.
Recourse to brutality against the Archbishop for a mere comment he made, portrays the Imo government officials as reckless, naïve, primitive and lacking in decorous conduct.
The PDP Imo State Chapter sympathizes with the Owerri Catholic Archdiocese and most particularly, His Grace, Archbishop AJV Obinna for this unholy and atavistic assault. It is not in doubt, that the APC has become jittery of its imminent exit from Douglas House, Owerri, and like a drowning man, is willing to clutch on anything within its reach to remain afloat including resort to brutality against personal enemies.
To have attacked the Archbishop is indeed most unfortunate and intolerable in any civilized clime. Imo people are consequently implored to be on the alert for such further occurrences.
The PDP is convinced that like Ahab the prophet of Baal in the Holy Bible, the Imo State Government Officials and their pay masters, who delight in indulging in reprehensible attacks against anointed men of God, will soon be visited with the wrath of God. God is not a man that He can be mocked by mere uncultured mortals and marabous as can be found in Imo APC and among Imo government officials.
Finally, the PDP, Imo State hereby call on all qualified Imo people to go and get their PVCs and be prepared to vote out this useless APC government and should also be ready to guard their vote in the want of any unwarranted action from this present APC government after casting their vote in 2019 General Elections
Hon Damian Oparah
PDP, Imo State