We Will No Longer Sit By And Watch APC Unleash Violence On Our Members, Will Match Violence For Violence — Cross River PDP
In Cross River State, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that it will no longer stand by and watch the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, commit violence on its members and property.
Following political violence that erupted in Ketching village in Obanliku LGA of the state after the chairman of the LGA allegedly attempted to cite an APC office near the home of a PDP leader in the community, PDP Chairman, Venatius Ikem, said this today.
According to reports, the action sparked a free-for-all brawl that resulted in injuries, bloodshed, and property devastation.
Eyewitnesses said the ceremony spearheaded by the chairman of Obanliku LGA who is an APC stalwart led to what was described as ‘crude gangsterism and thuggery.
According to the eyewitnesses, the crisis started because the PDP resisted the action by the APC while the APC people described as hoodlums allegedly vandalised the structure, leading to violence.
In a statement, the PDP state chairman said, “We will not hide under civility to be subjugated by an administration that Our people cannot wait to see off and allow them impose themselves on our people against their will.
“If the government of the state brings violence, we will match them with an equal force. They are occupying our secretariat by force. We kept quiet and have been following due process through the courts.
“They have since unleashed violence on us during the February 26th by-elections and we are saying enough is enough. We will no longer be sitting ducks for anyone to use and shine. If the security agencies would not do their jobs, we will defend ourselves and our territory.
“That’s going to mark the attitude of our party the PDP, moving forward. We won’t be turning the other cheek. We will use all legitimate means including civil disobedience to resist unjust treatment. It is true that no ambition is worth the blood of anyone, but blood flows in all of us. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
Reacting, state chairman of the APC, Alphonsus Eba said it is in the character of PDP to be violent, adding that their leadership is noted to be temperamental.
“I condemn any acts of violence. I am a man of peace. My party, APC, is all out for peace. We encourage our supporters to be peaceful.
“But we know that the other party even their leadership is globally noted for violence.”