Follow due process – PDP tells Rochas By Rich Odu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hierarchy in Imo State has linked the present crisis in the state to Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s lack of respect to due process.

In a swift reaction to allegations of N458 Million bribery scandal against Deputy Governor Jude Agbaso, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, the PDP Chairman in the state, described the situation as self-inflicted.

Sir Agbaso has since denied the allegations. Chief Duruiheoma denied that his party had a hand in the crisis but added that PDP saw it coming.

“We cried and it looked like we were playing politics.  We now know that payment of N1 billion and above can be made without due process to even a foreigner, he told newsmen in Owerri.

He recalled that the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) rejected PDP’s hand of fellowship when they came into office and assured that the party would stand for the welfare of the people.

According to him, PDP is only an onlooker to what is happening.  He insisted that the party will not fail to applaud when it should and at the same time condemn what is condemnable.

The  PDP Chief accused the government of assuming the military toga on ascending the throne and made what he termed whimsical pronouncements.

He criticized the government for awarding contracts for project not captured in the budget and for roads that had in designs, a situation which, he said was anti-people.

According to him, the expansion of the Orlu-Owerri Road which he identified as a Federal Road, is being carried out without due competition for people’s houses that were being destroyed.

He made it clear that PDP does not bother about the culpability of the deputy governor in the saga but insisted that the information emanating from the scandal should not be swept under the carpet.

The projects which have been credited to the administration, he said, are not known to have added any value to the lives of the people.

“Our people have been short changed, they should take heart”, he said.

He also denied that the party had influenced its members in the House with regard to the stand to take in the bribery saga against the Deputy Governor.

“Our members were, however, instructed not to support evil and to say it out when something was wrong. We stand on the side of the people”, he said.