The Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris has summoned some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Akwa Ibom state to Abuja over the destruction of some election campaign materials of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Concise News understands that the summons is coming weeks after supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP clashed in Uyo, the state capital, earlier in the month.
APC Chairman in the state Ini Okpodio was said to have written a petition to the police over the issue, prompting the invitation by Idris.
Among those the IGP invited are Paul Ekpo, chairman of PDP in the state; Idongesit Nkanga, campaign coordinator of the reelection of Governor Udom Emmanuel, Onofiok Luke, speaker of the state house of assembly; Iniobong Essien, commissioner for environment; and Fubara Duke, senior special assistant to the governor on security.
In a chat with TheCable, the commissioner for information, Charles Udoh, criticised the action of the police, wondering why APC members in the state were not also invited.
A top official of the Akwa Ibom government alleged that the invitation was part of a plot to take over Akwa Ibom in 2019.
“The issue here borders on destruction of Buhari’s Presidential campaign billboards in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, a charge PDP and the environment commissioner have denied and clarified,” he said in a statement.
“The general plank for the invitation, according to the police, openly revolve around instigation to cause violence. A security agency established by law has invited us so we have to honour. We obey laws here. It started with the billboard issue and the IGP sent a team from Abuja that investigated and even detained the commissioner for Environment for no just cause.
“The APC conducted their governorship primaries in this State and three persons were killed, no petitions, no investigations, no arrest, no prosecution. As a fallout from the primaries, a police station was burnt in Okobo Local Government Area, and other sundry but weighty infractions, yet the police looked at the left and ignored the incidences at the right even with photo evidence and outcry.”