The women and youths of Mgboko, headquarters of Obingwa council area of Abia state, have taken to the streets to stage a protest.
Protesters demanding that the council chairman, Chief Michael Ibe Nwoke be immediately removed over nonperformance and negligence.
The protesters trouped out in thousands displaying placards which read , “Michael Ibe Nwoke as ALGON chairman sacked LGA workers, Local government chairmanship is a serious business, resign and go back to where you were before” among others.
Hon Ijeoma Ngozi, the leader of the protest said;
“It’s barely five months for his tenure to be over and he has not done any meaningful thing for our people. We don’t have an office here as women as everywhere have been converted to tricycle confiscation centers.”
The youth leader, Christian Nwachukwu, who was also part of the protest added that initially they were hopeful Nwoke would be different and turn things around. However, this never happened. The local government have been left with dilapidated buildings and no infrastructure, Hence the need for a lawful removal from office.
Mr. Christian said;
“Chief Michael Ibe Nwoke has been insulting everybody and we’re tired of him. When he was ALGON Chairman, he was quarreling with his colleagues. We’ve discovered that almost all the buildings in the LGA secretariat are dilapidated and nothing is working at all. Look at how grasses have taken over everywhere.
He has been harassing our brothers who are tricycle riders. He has no respect for the elders of Obingwa including the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. We call on all our leaders from the Governor to the House of Assembly to plead with the Councillors to quickly remove him from office through impeachment. Enough is enough.”
Nwoke however said he was not perturbed by the protest as it was organized by a former deputy governor of the state who felt threatened by his dumping the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for Young People’s Party (YPP).
Nwoke was elected chairman on the platform of PDP, he left the party as a result of the fallout of the party primaries, for YPP where he is contesting the Obingwa/Osisioma/Ugwunagbo House of Representatives seat.