On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021, in a press statement availed to the general public, the leadership of Imo PDP collectively condemns Gov.Hope Uzodimma’s renewed War Against The Press And Media in the state.
According to the release, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State condemned in the strongest terms the continuation of the war against the press and media in the State by Governor Hope Uzodinma, with his aides and agents. This Party, therefore, charges the governor to end the attacks, and allow freedom of the press to blossom in Imo State”.
Imo PDP asserts that the strange insecurity and catastrophically high level of bad leadership and bad governance in Imo State since 2020 demand the intensification of the work of the press and media in the State, to keep the members of the public in steady information and awareness of the running and working of the government, and the colossal failure of the Uzodinma regime.
Therefore, instead of intimidating the gentlemen of the press, the regime should devise genuine ways of accommodating and encouraging them in the line of their duties and responsibilities to society. In this era of insecurity, journalists covering events concerning the government should be provided adequate safety and security, and not bullying and bashing them.
This Party received the news with chagrin and consternation, and utterly condemns the attack and manhandling of Mr. Chidiebube Okeoma, the Punch newspaper Correspondent in Imo State, by security operatives attached to Government House, Owerri on the reason of his performing his professional duty of covering the peaceful protests by road sweepers in the employ of the Government of Imo State, who recently were protesting for the governor to pay them their salaries which has run into many months of unpaid arrears. Our Party sees nothing wrong with newsmen covering such a significant event.
The Party notes sadly the huge catalog of incidences of abuses, insults, and physical assault, and battery meted upon press and media operators and operatives in the State by the current regime since it assumed office.
The Party wants a final full stop, to be put to all such acts that expose the undemocratic disposition and inclinations of the Uzodinma regime.
This Party feels that beyond the purported apology by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, to the abused and insulted Okeoma, the governor should expose the perpetrators of such uncivilized conducts in this age and time. The culprits should be duly prosecuted and brought to justice by Governor Uzodinma for hampering and hindering the fourth estate of the realm from performing its constitutionally stipulated duties and responsibilities. Imo PDP urges all to whom it may concern to allow freedom of the press to be upheld and practiced in Imo State!
The press statement was signed by Hon.Ogubundu Nwadike, the Imo PDP State Publicity Secretary.