The All Progressives Congress, which is now in power in Ebonyi State, has been accused by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party of targeting several of its members who gave testimony as witnesses before the Abuja-based Election Petitions Tribunal.
The charge was made in a statement that was made public on Thursday and was signed by Augustine Nwazunku, the chairman of the PDP’s caretaker committee for the State.
According to the statement, suspected APC hitmen attacked the PDP witnesses who gave testimony before the electoral tribunal in Abuja as they were returning to their individual houses.
“Some were brutally attacked by APC hired thugs, with their families, essentially chased out of their homes while business interests of our members’ farm were poisoned with yet to be verified chemical. Over twenty thousand fish fingerlings were physically damaged in some of the episodes of attacks,” the statement read
The PDP further charged APC chieftains and leaders with intimidating PDP supporters who were getting ready to testify as witnesses before the Tribunal by visiting villages and local governments.
“The APC government has threatened to deal with any Ebonyi citizen seen to be hob-nobbing with the members of PDP in Ebonyi State,” the statement added.
APC state chairman Stanley Okoro-Emegha responded to the charges by calling them false and urging the PDP to present proof of the alleged attacks on its members to the public.