The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has condemned the closure of Orlu timber market in Orlu LGA of the state by the Hope Uzodinma-led government, describing it as a way of agonizing and suffocating the people.
The opposition party spoke through its Director General of New Media, Collins Opuruzor.
The party further accused Governor Uzodinma of playing anti-Igbo politics to the detriment of the people he is leading.
“It is on record that Uzodinma has openly taken credit for the ongoing security situation in Imo State. He was bold to say that he personally invited Nigerian soldiers to militarize the state. Which other governor does that?
“While Uzodinma has adopted a militaristic approach in dispossession of the people and destruction of their livelihoods in Orlu, let him be aware that Imo is just an entity of 5.7million people.
“Uzodinma should also be aware that the biggest business in Imo State, especially in Owerri, is the hospitality industry. Before he brings the state down and gets everyone on their knees, let him launch a holistic action on job creation.
“Asking the Nigerian Army to take over Orlu and Imo State to cause mayhem and unrest is never the best approach to checking crime. He should desist from such acts or the people will revolt just as they are doing now,” he said.
However, ND REPORTERS gathered that the governor directed the soldiers to shut the market because the traders allegedly observed a one day solidarity sit-at-home for the detained IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.