…Says action unhealthy for democracy
The National leadership of the United Progressive Party (UPP), has condemned the arrest and detention of the Orlu Senatorial Zone aspirant of the party, Comrade Precious Nwadike, who was arrested in Orlu recently while on sensitization tour, embarked upon by “Our Orlu Project,” his campaign support group.
A Press Release issued by Chief Sir Ejike Uche, Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party said: “Much as the party does not intend to join issues with any person, agencies or group of persons, we deem it necessary to condemn the ugly development because it seems to have gotten to a boiling point where life is being threatened; signposting danger for 2019 general election.
“It is unfathomable that a law abiding citizen would, in the course of sensitizing the electorate on his well deserved ambition, be treated like a common criminal in democracy.
“UPP in line with its agenda and determination to encourage active participation of youths in politics and governance of our great nation frowns at any attempt to discourage such young persons from participating and showcasing their leadership skill and ingenuity.
“It is our view and candid opinion that, the youths of this nation are too important to be good at and only used for election thuggery, ballot box snatching and other ignoble social vices, hence our passion for paradigm shift in view of the potentials inherent in our progressive youths.
“We therefore condemn in very strong terms the attack on Mr. Nwadike while calling on politicians to strictly play by the rules, as politics is not a do or die affair.
“Coming at this stage when he has declared his interest to contest as Orlu senator, is an indication that the powers that be are already jittery.”
Chief Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa) urged the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Imo State Police Command, to thoroughly investigate the ugly incident and bring the perpetrators to book, if only to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to take undue advantage if the matter is swept under the carpet.
The Release called on all lovers of democracy to rise against agents of despotism and oppression who may wish to use the security operatives to further perpetuate or foist themselves in office against the wishes and aspirations of the people.
Mr. Nwadike who has since been released told The Leader that he was beaten up by the police who shot sporadically before abducting him. He was accused of staging an unlawful gathering.
Nwadike, who is the publisher of Watchdog newspaper, a tabloid that is highly critical of Imo State Government, believed that his arrest and torture was politically motivated.