A group, Divine Mandate Movement (DMM) has denied claim by the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Imo State, Chief Charles Ugwuh that some officials of the movement recently assaulted him.
The group described Ugwuh’s claim as not only ridiculous but also an attempt to create unnecessary tension in the state chapter of the party.
In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity, Sunny Ndukwu, the DMM disclosed that some of its officials on Tuesday honoured an invite by the Department of State Security (DSS).
He said the invite followed a petition written by Chief Ugwuh, adding that the Director-General, DMM, Hon Ngozi Ogbu, Chairman, Evang Myke Ikoku and Hon Frank Onwumere were at the DSS office in Owerri.
He derided the petition by Ugwuh as baseless and a desperate attempt to demean and diminish the image of the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Samuel Anyanwu.
Ndukwu regretted the activities of the State Working Committee of the party headed by Ugwuh, saying that it has resorted to threats and intimidation in a bid to galvanize support for its anointed sole governorship aspirant, Chief Emeka Ihedioha.
He revealed that the three top functionaries of the DMM would also honour another invite on Wednesday from the state Commissioner of Police (CP) bordering on same petition by the party chairman.
The spokesman of DMM however urged security agencies not to allow some desperate party officials carry out the bidding of their paymasters by creating tension and confusion in the state through frivolous petitions.
Ndukwu’s statement reads in part; “This level of impunity is regrettable and must be condemned by well-meaning members of the party.
“For clarity, the Director General, Divine Mandate Movement, DMM, Hon Ngozi Ogbu will tomorrow in company of Evang Myke Ikoku, Chairman, Divine Mandate Movement and Hon Frank Onwumere honour another invitation from the Commissioner of Police, Imo state Command on Wednesday, bordering on the same petition by Engr Charles Ugwuh.
“We hereby urge the security agencies in the state, particularly, the department of state security, DSS, the Nigeria Police Force, Imo state Command and other security agencies not to allow some desperate party officials carry out the bidding of their paymaster by creating confusion and tension in the state under the guise of a frivolous petition aimed at diverting attention from the numerous anti-party activities being committed by Engr Ugwuh and his cohorts in the state working committee of our party.
“The Divine Mandate Movement, DMM will remain law-abiding and shall always avail themselves to invitations by any of the security agencies as true democrats”.