All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State has accused the state government of allegedly sponsoring last weekend’s demonstration by traders over alleged transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to the state.
A statement by the state chairman of the party, Mr. Emeka Ibeh, described as baseless and unfounded the rumour that the Federal Government had ordered the transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to the state.
But the Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Willie Obiano, Mr. James Eze, in a swift reaction, described the allegation as untrue and urged the general public to disregard it.
The traders on the order of the state government, had to close their shops to protest alleged transfer of Boko Haram prisoners to the state for 24 hours thereby paralyzing business activities in the state.
“ We are of the opinion that even if such directive was given by the Federal Government, though without conceding, what is expected of a responsible state government is to employ dialogue or use any other processes known to law, but not to engineer crisis in the state. Any government that does this deserves to be condemned and not commended.
“ APC wishes to dissociate itself from the very selfish decision loaded with avoidable instigation of Anambra public against the law, good conscience and reasons,” Ibeh said.
He advised all APC members in the state to take every reasonable step to protect the party, themselves and their property against any premeditated hate or campaign or attendant actions masterminded by the APGA-led government in Anambra State.
“There is no directive issuing from the Nigeria prisons service or any other arm of government of the Federal Government of Nigeria that Boko Haram convicts are to be sent to Anambra State,” he said.
The party advised the state governor, Dr. Willie Obiano, to concentrate on governance and desist from using sensitive issues as Boko Haram in the name of politics.
He cautioned the governor not to heat up the polity.