The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, was yesterday stopped from holding a meeting in his home town, Agulu, Anambra State.
The President General of Agulu town union, Andy Orakwue, had told delegates including the PDP vice presidential candidate to leave the meeting hall even before the meeting commenced because it had been called off citing intense pressure from security agencies.
Confirming the development to journalists in Anambra, Obi’s Special Adviser on Media, Valentine Obienyem, said: “His Excellency received many calls from security agencies on the meeting.
“Saddened by the violation of freedom of association contrary to the Constitution, Obi said they had not given him enough reasons not to meet with his people.
“He even went on to demand that they send their agents to monitor the meeting, which had nothing to do with politics, but they would not listen, saying the order came from the Government.
“Obi did not want to obey clear illegality as happened when the same people tried to stop him from coming to the state on flimsy reasons, but, alas, after much pressure, the subdued President General had to call it off.
“The irony of the situation is that the Government said they were bent on making sure Obi loses his constituency even when His Excellency is not so much keen on which party wins the House of Assembly as his major concern now is national issues.”
Also reacting to the development in a statement by a group known as Good Governance Vanguards, which was signed by its Chairman, Maduagwu Eric-kenny, and Chief Emma Ejidike, the group said: “His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi is an illustrious son of Agulu. We are proud of him and he has every right to hold meeting and associate with his people.”
The group warned those interfering with Obi’s fundamental right and freedom of association to desist from such illegality.