Governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Imo state, Senator Athan Achonu, has accused some members of the opposition parties in the state, of campaigning against him over his physical condition.
Achonu levelled the allegation against his opponents while speaking during an interview on Arise Television on Wednesday, saying the political opponents are taking advantage of his physical condition, to run a campaign of calumny against him.
According to the LP candidate, the opposition is using his physical defect to campaign against him ahead of the state governorship election in November this year.
Ir would be recalled that the recent court order, barring the candidates of LP, picked by the Julius Abure faction of the LP, from contesting the coming election, fuelled a crisis in Imo, after the National Working Committee of the party led by Julius insisted that Achonu is the party’s genuine governorship candidate recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, while another faction led by Lamide Apapa rejected Achonu as the party’s candidate, after the court order.
Achonu in his reaction to the development, said, “Let me give you a perfect example of this scam. When they went to the Appeal Court, it declined, so we proceeded to the Supreme Court to challenge that judgement. Do you know what happened?
“The Appeal Court said why were we bothering? That the judgement was even in our favour. That we shouldn’t bother because the case had been dismissed.
“So what did we do? We went and withdrew the case from the Supreme Court. Immediately we withdrew the case, and they went to town where the Supreme Court had ruled so and so.
“The beneficiary of all these crises and factions in the Labour Party will be the APC government in power.
“Because people are already saying if we vote for the one-arm General (that’s what they call me), they will take away the thing from him in the Supreme Court, so we don’t want to waste our votes.
“So that’s just the situation they want to create. They are stimulating the belief that just because I have one arm, I shouldn’t be voted for.”