The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Imo State, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has condemned the arrest and torture of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero.
In a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday night in Abuja, Anyanwu described the arrest and torture of Ajaero as unlawful and an affront to democracy.
The PDP candidate said it is sad that the lawlessness of the Hope Uzodinma administration has reached an uncontrollable measure.
He said: “It is regrettable that the widely condemned lawlessness of the present administration in the state has reached an uncontrollable measure where everyone is a major target.
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“Credible information obtained shortly after the incident indicates that the only offense purportedly committed by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero is for leading a genuine protest against Uzodimma’s government for owing workers and Pensioners over 42 months arrears. Our investigation further revealed that the workers were protesting against the declaration of over 4000 civil servants in the state as ghost workers.
As a responsible and responsive campaign council championing a genuine cause for the people of the state, it is condemnable for Uzodinma to order for the abduction of Comrade Ajaero, in a state he is a bonafide citizen.
“The question is; what is Uzodinma afraid of that he wants to dominate everywhere? If Uzodinma does not want workers to protest against non-payment of their statutory entitlements, it is ideal for him to clear all the arrears to enable them to provide for their families.
“It is worthy to note that under Uzodinma as Governor, intimidation, harassment, abuse of human rights and illegal arrest have taken center stage in Imo state. Oftentimes, Uzodinma had paid lip service to all these complaints and never cared to respect Imo workers. It is absurd and unwarranted.
“Our campaign council is worried that Imo state in the last three and half years has been on the bad news. As Imo citizens, it is time for the people to take their state back.”
Anyanwu, therefore, urged the Imo people especially, workers to remain calm and law abiding following the non-payment of their salaries and arrears.
He assured them that all issues regarding payment of their arrears will be the first priority of the incoming PDP administration in the state.