Protests rage in Owerri … Over impeachment moves against Imo deputy gov

Protesters have continued to flood the streets of Owerri, capital of Imo State, following fears that the State House of Assembly might not honour Abuja  order for a stay of action on the impeachment process which the Assembly commenced recently against the state’s deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
The Protesters, numbering over three thousand, took over the streets as early as 6 am chanting various songs in protest, accusing Governor Rochas Okorocha of masterminding what they termed as kangaroo charges against his Deputy, who is seen in many quarters as innocent of the charges being leveled against him.
They also described Imo State House of Assembly as the worst Imo has ever had, calling them mere rubber stamp in the hand of Governor Okorocha.
They also carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “Okorocha leave Madumere alone; Okorocha must you foist your son-in-law on Imo people; we are in Democracy not in ‘familiocracy’; We say no to Okorocha’s third term agenda; APC will not accept imposition of family candidate; NWC rise up before we lose Imo to PDP; We appeal to President Buhari to intervene in Imo Situation”.
The protest, which brought vehicular and human movements to standstill, saw workers abandoning their vehicles to walk long distances to their places of work and in likewise traders were not spared the agony as major streets such as Wetheral, Okigwe Road, Assumpta Avenue, Tetlow Road and other adjoining streets were shut down as a result of the surging crowd.
Addressing newsmen, one of the leaders, Barr Chidiebere Nworgu, lamented that the state was sliding to a one man business where an individual now treats Imo people with levity, saying that it is time to resist such undemocratic tendencies coming from Okorocha. He called on the clergy and the elites to speak out against this injustice against Prince Madumere and other Imo people.
He queried; “Where has Madumere derailed? This is a man who has been discharging his duties conscientiously coupled with infectious humility. Is it not the same Okorocha that told us that the Deputy Governor does not give him stress, which made him pronounce in various fora that “Prince Madumere is his “son in whom he is well pleased”?.  He wondered what has changed between now and then.
He further attributed the love lost between the Governor and the Deputy to Madumere’s insistence in taking his destiny in his hand by making himself available to contest the governorship of the State against Okorocha’s resolve to foist son-in-law on the citizenry. Barr. Nworgu explained that Charter of equity must be adhered to, insisting that it is the turn of Owerri zone to produce the next Governor, come 2019.

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