- There was a massive protest in Owerri on Tuesday, July 17
- The protesters kicked against the alleged plot to impeach the Imo state deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere
- They accused Governor Okorocha of being behind the alleged impeachment plot
Owerri city was shut down, vehicular and business activities grounded as over 3,000 people organised a peaceful protest through the major streets of the municipality to register their anger over the planned impeachment of the deputy governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
Civil servants, school children and businessmen abandoned their vehicles and trekked the remaining distance to their destinations as the human traffic took over the streets, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that some of the protesters were annoyed with what they termed “the grave injustice against the deputy governor, by some members of the state House of Assembly, via trumped-up charges that will ultimately lead to his impeachment”.
The obviously angry protesters took over the streets of Owerri as early as 6 am on July 17, chanting all manner of songs in protest.
They allegedly levelled unprintable accusations against Governor Rochas Okorocha, including masterminding what they perceived as “kangaroo charges” against his deputy.
While saying that several patriots see Madumere as innocent of the charges levelled against him, the protesters, however, described the current crop of lawmakers in Imo state House of Assembly as “the worst Imo has ever had, since the commencement of the current democratic engineering”.
They accused the lawmakers of being “mere rubber stamp in the hands of Governor Okorocha, who controls the House as his personal estate, without reference to the feelings and aspirations of the citizenry”.
Some of the placards carried by the protesters read: “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”.
Addressing newsmen, one of the protest leaders, Chidiebere Nworgu, a lawyer, lamented that “the state is sliding to a one-man business, where an individual now treats Imolites with levity”.
He called on the clergy and the elites to speak out against this injustice against Prince Madumere and other Imolites.
Contributing also, Nze Stanley Onuoha stressed that there was nothing wrong in Madumere pursuing his ambition, pointing out that it’s only God that gives power.
He charged Nigerian politicians to stop playing God in pursuit of self-aggrandizement, even as he maintained that “the deputy governor is eminently qualified to govern the state with his education, cognate experience and exposure in the corporate world, governance and impeccable strength of character”.
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NAIJ.com had previously reported that the Imo House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 11, recommended further investigations into the allegations of gross misconduct brought against the deputy governor, Madumere, by 13 members of the House.
The House made the recommendation following deliberations on the report of an ad hoc committee investigating the allegations, led by Kennedy Ibeh (APC Obowo).
The committee stated in the report that the deputy governor had a “case to answer, given the weighty allegations against him.”
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