Human rights activists move against Rochas

Owerri, the capital of Imo State may witness a standoff tomorrow as pro-state government groups mass up to counter a planned protest by top human rights group leaders Christened “Occupy Imo” Rally.
An earlier statement in Owerri from Aku Obidinma, coordinator of Imo Peoples Action for Democracy (IPAD) indicated that popular musician and human rights activist, Charles Oputa (Charley Boy) will head other activists to speak at the weeklong rally from Monday December 18 to Sunday December 24 at Okigwe Road, Owerri.
In the lineup ofspeakers at the rally also were Chidi Odinkalu,  Sam Amadi, Wisdom Durueke, Festus Okoye, Ezenwa Nwangwuma, Victoria Ibezim, Okechukwu Nwanguma, Chido Onumah, Clement Nwankwo, among others.
IPAD stated that the rally was in response to the people on what it described as increasing height of bad governance in the state which is now attaining its peak.
The group listed some of the alleged bad policies and actions of the governor to include “Lack of process and respect for rule of law; waste of scarce resources on non-economically viable and life improving ventures; refusal to fully pay workers’ salaries, pension arrears and gratuity to pensioners and issuance of dud cheques to pensioners.”
Part of the statement include “Failure to account for the bailout funds, Paris refunds and other loans collected; illegal demolitions and displacement of people resulting to loss of means of livelihood by thousands of Imolites even against restraining court orders; nepotism and ‘familiocracy.’”
Also, they accused the State governor of, “unending grabbing of land using government powers and conversion of same to personal properties; refusal to conduct local government election and failure to account for the trillions of Naira that had been allocated to that tier of government for over six years and construction of poor quality infrastructure and increasing abandoned projects in the state.”
The timing of the protest and venue, according to the conveners, has been ‘strategically’ chosen to ensure that, ”the state government’s usual ploy of diverting attention of Christmas returnees away from the rot in governance through impressionist cosmetic beautification of the state is thwarted.”
Days after the IPAD statement, some youths organized by an aide of Imo State Governor, Jeff Nwoha, announced a solidarity rally in favour of the Governor and President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the organizers, the rally will hold from December 18 to 24, 2017 in Owerri- the same period for the anti-Okorocha protests is expected to hold.
According to a statement, the pro-Okorocha/Buhari  rally is aimed at showing “ “appreciation for their purposeful, human and people-oriented leadership”.
It said the reasons for the solidarity rally for the Governor include Free Education, Human capital development, Urban Renewal, Over 3000 kilometres of urban and rural roads, Transformation of Owerri capital territory to modern model city, introduction of a Robust transportation system like the TAXIMO as well as upgrading of Sam Mbakwe Airport to international Airport, Building of 305 upstairs in 305 wards in Imo, making of millionaires in 305 wards in Imo, Massive infrastructural development Increment in school enrolment, 27 General Hospitals in 27 LGAs , Improved Security system, Guaranteed Political freedom especially to the youths and many more.
The group also identified some of the achievements of the Buhari administration.

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