The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo state, Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu, has demanded the immediate release of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, and condemned his abduction.
Anyanwu stated that the act was disrespectful. This comes after a joint letter signed by the NLC and TUC National Secretaries accused the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hope Uzodinma, of being behind the abduction.
Anyanwu expressed his concerns about the escalating lawlessness in the state, where everyone seems to be at risk.
As an accountable and responsive campaign council advocating for the welfare of the people in the state, it is reprehensible for Uzodinma to give the order for the abduction of Comrade Ajaero, who is a fellow citizen of the state.
One must question what Uzodinma is afraid of that he feels the need to exert dominance in every aspect. If Uzodinma truly does not want workers to protest against the non-payment of their rightful entitlements, it would be more appropriate for him to promptly address and fulfill these obligations so that they can provide for their families.
It is important to recognize that under Uzodinma’s governance, Imo state has become rife with intimidation, harassment, human rights abuses, and unlawful arrests.
Despite numerous complaints, Uzodinma has shown little regard for the welfare of Imo workers. This behavior is both absurd and unwarranted.
Our campaign council is deeply concerned about the negative reputation that Imo state has acquired over the past three and a half years. As citizens of Imo, it is time for the people to reclaim their state.
Anyanwu encouraged the people of Imo, particularly the workers, to stay calm and follow the law. He assured them that the incoming PDP administration in the state would prioritize resolving all issues related to their unpaid wages.